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  1. A time dependent solution for the operation of ion chambers in a high ionization background

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    Velissaris, C

    2005-01-01

    We have derived a time dependent solution describing the development of space charge inside an ion chamber subjected to an externally caused ionization rate N. The solution enables the derivation of a formula that the operational parameters of the chamber must satisfy for saturation free operation. This formula contains a correction factor to account for the finite duration of the ionization rate N.

  2. 高电荷态离子束的应用%Applications of Highly Ionized Ion Beams

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    J.P.Briand

    2007-01-01

    The ECR ion sources have mainly been used until now for injection of cyclotrons and a large number of these sources are presently in operation through the world,Most cyclotrons are used today for nuclear physics researches but an increasing number of these accelerators are now devoted to medical applications.The ECR ion sources have also been extensively used for producing low energy beams for academic researches in atomic and surface physics.These studies led to very encouraging results opening the way to industrial applications.In this talk some of the most promising applications of HCI beams will be reviewed.The development of these applications will require some important improvements of the ECR sources which will be discussed.A special emphasis will be given to the respective roles of ECR and EBIS ion sources in these industrial applications,and some economic and market consideratioas discussed.

  3. Discrete conversion of gamma rays in sup 2 sup 2 sup 9 Th and in high-ionized sup 1 sup 2 sup 5 Te sup Q ions

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    Band, I M

    2001-01-01

    The complex of problems, related to the gamma rays discrete conversion is considered. The analogue of the internal conversion coefficients in the case of the discrete conversion is determined and concrete calculations are carried out. The calculated half-life periods of the nuclear level E subgamma = 35.492 keV in the sup 1 sup 2 sup 5 Te sup Q ions (Q = 45-48) agree well with the measured values. The calculations of the optical photon spectrum, accompanying the deexcitation of the nuclear level E subgamma = 3.5 +- 1 eV in the sup 2 sup 2 sup 9 Th, carried out within the frames of the multifigurative Dirac-Fock method, show that the most intensive lines of the spectrum are in the area of 2.3-2.4 eV, which agrees with the experimental data

  4. Ion pathways in the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase.

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    Bublitz, Maike; Musgaard, Maria; Poulsen, Hanne; Thøgersen, Lea; Olesen, Claus; Schiøtt, Birgit; Morth, J Preben; Møller, Jesper Vuust; Nissen, Poul

    2013-04-12

    The sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) is a transmembrane ion transporter belonging to the P(II)-type ATPase family. It performs the vital task of re-sequestering cytoplasmic Ca(2+) to the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum store, thereby also terminating Ca(2+)-induced signaling such as in muscle contraction. This minireview focuses on the transport pathways of Ca(2+) and H(+) ions across the lipid bilayer through SERCA. The ion-binding sites of SERCA are accessible from either the cytoplasm or the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum lumen, and the Ca(2+) entry and exit channels are both formed mainly by rearrangements of four N-terminal transmembrane α-helices. Recent improvements in the resolution of the crystal structures of rabbit SERCA1a have revealed a hydrated pathway in the C-terminal transmembrane region leading from the ion-binding sites to the cytosol. A comparison of different SERCA conformations reveals that this C-terminal pathway is exclusive to Ca(2+)-free E2 states, suggesting that it may play a functional role in proton release from the ion-binding sites. This is in agreement with molecular dynamics simulations and mutational studies and is in striking analogy to a similar pathway recently described for the related sodium pump. We therefore suggest a model for the ion exchange mechanism in P(II)-ATPases including not one, but two cytoplasmic pathways working in concert.

  5. Highly Ionized Envelopes of High Velocity Clouds

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    Zekis, Erin E

    2009-01-01

    We present recent results on highly ionized gas in Galactic High-Velocity Clouds (HVCs), originally surveyed in OVI (Sembach et al. 2003). In a new FUSE/HST survey of SiII/III/IV (Shull et al. 2009) toward 37 AGN, we detected SiIII (lambda 1206.500 A) absorption with a sky coverage fraction 81 +/- 5% (61 HVCs along 30 of 37 high-latitude sight lines). The SiIII (lambda 1206.500 A) line is typically 4-5 times stronger than OVI (lambda 1031.926 A). The mean HVC column density of perhaps 10^19 cm^-2 of low-metallicity (0.1 - 0.2 Z_sun) ionized gas in the low halo. Recent determinations of HVC distances allow us to estimate a total reservoir of ~10^8 M_sun. Estimates of infall velocities indicate an infall rate of around 1 M_sun yr^-1, comparable to the replenishment rate for star formation in the disk. HVCs appear to be sheathed by intermediate-temperature gas (10^4.0 - 10^4.5 K) detectable in SiIII and SiIV, as well as hotter gas seen in OVI and other high ions. To prepare for HST observations of 10 HVC-selecte...

  6. Interpretation of the Si Kα x-ray spectra accompanying the stopping of swift Ca ions in low-density SiO2 aerogel

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    Rzadkiewicz, J.; Gojska, A.; Rosmej, O.; Polasik, M.; Słabkowska, K.

    2010-07-01

    This article presents a detailed analysis of the Kα x-ray spectra of Si induced by 11.4 MeV/u Ca projectiles penetrating a low-density SiO2 aerogel target measured with high spectral and spatial resolution at the UNILAC accelerator at GSI-Darmstadt. The low-density material used in the experiment was crucial for the space-resolved studies of the Si x-ray radiation (for different energies of stopping Ca ions). The stopping length of the 11 MeV/u Ca ions reaches up to 10 mm in the low-density SiO2 aerogel, whereas in regular quartz solid targets it is about 100 times shorter. The analysis of the x-ray spectra emitted by the stopping medium has shown a high level of the L-shell ionization, especially in the later considered phase (Ep~5 MeV/u) of the stopping process. It has been further demonstrated that the population of the highly ionized states produced in the ion-atom collisions can be substantially reduced in the time between the collision and the x-ray emission due to the very intense rearrangement processes occurring in Si situated in the chemical environment of oxygen atoms. Moreover, comparison of the experimental values of the Kα L-shell satellite energy shifts with the results of the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock calculations allows us to find that Si valence electron configuration is enriched due to electron transfer from valence-electron-rich oxygen atoms into highly ionized silicon atoms. Our results indicate that the Coulomb explosion in a highly ionized track core is prevented by rapid neutralization in the femtosecond time scale.

  7. Does the schock wave in a highly ionized non-isothermal plasma really exist ?

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    Rukhadze, A. A.; Sadykova, S.; Samkharadze, T.

    2015-01-01

    Here we study the structure of a highly ionizing shock wave in a gas of high atmospheric pressure. We take into account the gas ionization when the gas temperature reaches few orders of an ionization potential. It is shown that after gasdynamic temperature-raising shock and formation of a highly-ionized nonisothermal plasma $T_e>>T_i$ only the solitary ion-sound wave (soliton) can propagate in this plasma. In such a wave the charge separation occurs: electrons and ions form the double electri...

  8. Does the schock wave in a highly ionized non-isothermal plasma really exist ?

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    Rukhadze, A A; Samkharadze, T

    2015-01-01

    Here we study the structure of a highly ionizing shock wave in a gas of high atmospheric pressure. We take into account the gas ionization when the gas temperature reaches few orders of an ionization potential. It is shown that after gasdynamic temperature-raising shock and formation of a highly-ionized nonisothermal plasma $T_e>>T_i$ only the solitary ion-sound wave (soliton) can propagate in this plasma. In such a wave the charge separation occurs: electrons and ions form the double electric layer with the electric field. The shock wave form, its amplitude and front width are obtained.

  9. Observation of single Ca{sup +} ions for trace isotope analysis

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    Hashimoto, Y. [Department of Quantum Engineering and Systems Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)], E-mail: yhashi@lyman.q.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Matsuoka, L.; Nagamoto, D. [Department of Quantum Engineering and Systems Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Hasegawa, S. [Department of Quantum Engineering and Systems Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)], E-mail: hasegawa@q.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

    2008-06-15

    We developed an ion trap - laser cooling system for observing the laser induced fluorescence (LIF) of a single ion, in the view of utilizing it for the trace isotope analysis of Ca. We observed stepwise LIF signals, which correspond to the numbers of trapped {sup 40}Ca{sup +} ions ({sup 40}Ca/Ca = 96.9%). The detection efficiency was evaluated and the observation of single ions demonstrated the experimental feasibility of trace isotope analysis. Furthermore, as the next step towards trace isotope analysis, we report observation of the even calcium isotopes, {sup 44}Ca ({sup 44}Ca/Ca = 2.09%) and {sup 48}Ca ({sup 48}Ca/Ca = 0.187%), without the use of a selective loading method.

  10. A correction to Birks' Law in liquid argon ionization chamber simulations for highly ionizing particles

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    Burdin, Sergey [Department of Physics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZE (United Kingdom); Horbatsch, Marko [Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3 (Canada); Taylor, Wendy, E-mail: taylorw@yorku.ca [Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3 (Canada)

    2012-02-01

    We present a study of the performance of Birks' Law in liquid argon ionization chamber simulations as applied to highly ionizing particles, such as particles with multiple electric charges or with magnetic charge. We used Birks' Law to model recombination effects in a GEANT4 simulation of heavy ions in a liquid argon calorimeter. We then compared the simulation to published heavy-ion data to extract a highly ionizing particle correction to Birks' Law.

  11. Defective graphene as promising anode material for Na-ion battery and Ca-ion battery

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    Datta, Dibakar; Shenoy, Vivek B

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated adsorption of Na and Ca on graphene with divacancy (DV) and Stone-Wales (SW) defect. Our results show that adsorption is not possible on pristine graphene. However, their adsorption on defective sheet is energetically favorable. The enhanced adsorption can be attributed to the increased charge transfer between adatoms and underlying defective sheet. With the increase in defect density until certain possible limit, maximum percentage of adsorption also increases giving higher battery capacity. For maximum possible DV defect, we can achieve maximum capacity of 1459 mAh/g for Na-ion batteries (NIBs) and 2900 mAh/g for Ca-ion batteries (CIBs). For graphene full of SW defect, we find the maximum capacity of NIBs and CIBs is around 1071 mAh/g and 2142 mAh/g respectively. Our results will help create better anode materials with much higher capacity and better cycling performance for NIBs and CIBs.

  12. A Single Laser Cooled Trapped 40Ca+ Ion in a Miniature Paul Trap

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    SHU Hua-Lin; GUAN Hua; HUANG Xue-Ren; LI Jiao-Mei; GAO Ke-Lin

    2005-01-01

    @@ We have observed the phenomenon of phase transition of a few trapped ions in a miniature Paul trap. Judging from the quantum jump signals, a single laser-cooled trapped Ca+ ion has been realized. The ion temperature is estimated to be 22mK. The result shows that the amplitude of ion micromotion is strongly dependent on the rf voltage.

  13. Development of multiple laser frequency control system for Ca{sup +} isotope ion cooling

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    Jung, Kyunghun, E-mail: jung@lyman.q.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [The University of Tokyo, Nuclear Professional School (Japan); Yamamoto, Yuta, E-mail: yamamoto@lyman.q.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [The University of Tokyo, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management (Japan); Hasegawa, Shuichi, E-mail: hasegawa@tokai.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [The University of Tokyo, Nuclear Professional School (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    We here developed and evaluated a laser frequency control system which synchronizes the laser frequency to the resonance of target Ca {sup +} isotope ion whose having more than 8 GHz of isotope shift based on the Fringe Offset Lock method for simple operation of ICPMS-ILECS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry - Ion trap Laser Cooling Spectroscopy) The system fulfilled the minimum requirements of four slave lasers stability for Doppler cooling of Ca {sup +} ions. A performance of the system was evaluated by cooling {sup 40}Ca {sup +} ions with the stabilized slave lasers. All the stable even Ca {sup +} isotope ions were trapped and their fluorescence was observed by switching laser frequencies using the system. An odd calcium isotope {sup 43}Ca {sup +}cooling was also succeeded by the control system.

  14. Effects of nitrogen ion implantation on Ca2+ concentration and membrane potential of pollen cell

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    2001-01-01

    The effects of low energy nitrogen ion implantation on Ca2+ concentration and membrane potential of lily (lilium davidii Duch) pollen cell have been studied. The results showed that the Ca2+ concentration was increased when pollen grain was implanted by nitrogen ion with energy 100keV and dose 1013 ions/cra2. However, the increase of Ca2+ concentration was partly inhibited by the addition of Ca2+channel inhibitor depending on dose. And nitrogen ion implantation caused depolarization of pollen cell membrane potential. In other words, membrane potential was increased,but the effect decreased by adding Ca2+ channel inhibitor.However, it was still significantly higher than the membrane potential of control cells. It was indicated that the depolarization of cell membrane potential opened the calcium channel on the membrane that caused the increasing of intraceilular calcium concentration. This might be an earlier step of the effect of low energy nitrogen ion implantation on pollen germination.

  15. Experimental Improvement of Signal of a Single Laser-Cooled Trapped 40Ca+ Ion

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    SHU Hua-Lin; QUO Bin; GUAN Hua; LIU Qu; HUANG Xue-Ren; GAO Ke-Lin

    2007-01-01

    A single 40Ca+ ion is loaded in a miniature Paul trap and the probability of directly loading a single ion is above 50%. The signal-to-noise ratio and the storage time for a single ion have been improved by minimizing the ion micromotion and locking a 397 nm cooling laser to a Fabry-Perot interferometer and optogalvanic signal. From the fluorescence spectrum, the ion temperature is estimated to be about 5mK.

  16. Effects of Ca(2+) ions on bestrophin-1 surface films.

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    Mladenova, Kirilka; Petrova, Svetla D; Andreeva, Tonya D; Moskova-Doumanova, Veselina; Topouzova-Hristova, Tanya; Kalvachev, Yuri; Balashev, Konstantin; Bhattacharya, Shomi S; Chakarova, Christina; Lalchev, Zdravko; Doumanov, Jordan A

    2017-01-01

    Human bestrophin-1 (hBest1) is a transmembrane calcium-activated chloride channel protein - member of the bestrophin family of anion channels, predominantly expressed in the membrane of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Mutations in the protein cause ocular diseases, named Bestrophinopathies. Here, we present the first Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study of the secondary structure elements of hBest1, π/A isotherms and hysteresis, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) visualization of the aggregation state of protein molecules dispersed as Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films. The secondary structure of hBest1 consists predominantly of 310-helices (27.2%), α-helixes (16.3%), β-turns and loops (32.2%). AFM images of hBest1 suggest approximate lateral dimensions of 100×160Å and 75Å height. Binding of calcium ions (Ca(2+)) induces conformational changes in the protein secondary structure leading to assembly of protein molecules and changes in molecular and macro-organization of hBest1 in monolayers. These data provide basic information needed in pursuit of molecular mechanisms underlying retinal and other pathologies linked to this protein.

  17. Methods for monitoring Ca(2+) and ion channels in the lysosome.

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    Zhong, Xi Zoë; Yang, Yiming; Sun, Xue; Dong, Xian-Ping

    2016-12-09

    Lysosomes and lysosome-related organelles are emerging as intracellular Ca(2+) stores and play important roles in a variety of membrane trafficking processes, including endocytosis, exocytosis, phagocytosis and autophagy. Impairment of lysosomal Ca(2+) homeostasis and membrane trafficking has been implicated in many human diseases such as lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs), neurodegeneration, myopathy and cancer. Lysosomal membrane proteins, in particular ion channels, are crucial for lysosomal Ca(2+) signaling. Compared with ion channels in the plasma membrane, lysosomal ion channels and their roles in lysosomal Ca(2+) signaling are less understood, largely due to their intracellular localization and the lack of feasible functional assays directly applied to the native environment. Recent advances in biomedical methodology have made it possible to directly investigate ion channels in the lysosomal membrane. In this review, we provide a summary of the newly developed methods for monitoring lysosomal Ca(2+) and ion channels, as well as the recent discovery of lysosomal ion channels and their significances in intracellular Ca(2+) signaling. These new techniques will expand our research scope and our understanding of the nature of lysosomes and lysosome-related diseases.

  18. Functional characterization and Me2+ ion specificity of a Ca2+-citrate transporter from Enterococcus faecalis

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    Blancato, Victor S.; Magni, Christian; Lolkema, Juke S.

    2006-01-01

    Secondary transporters of the bacterial CitMHS family transport citrate in complex with a metal ion. Different members of the family are specific for the metal ion in the complex and have been shown to transport Mg2+-citrate, Ca2+-citrate or Fe3+-citrate. The Fe3+-citrate transporter of Streptococcu

  19. Seawater nutrient and carbonate ion concentrations recorded as P/Ca, Ba/Ca, and U/Ca in the deep-sea coral Desmophyllum dianthus

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    Anagnostou, Eleni; Sherrell, Robert M.; Gagnon, Alex; LaVigne, Michele; Field, M. Paul; McDonough, William F.

    2011-05-01

    As paleoceanographic archives, deep sea coral skeletons offer the potential for high temporal resolution and precise absolute dating, but have not been fully investigated for geochemical reconstructions of past ocean conditions. Here we assess the utility of skeletal P/Ca, Ba/Ca and U/Ca in the deep sea coral D. dianthus as proxies of dissolved phosphate (remineralized at shallow depths), dissolved barium (trace element with silicate-type distribution) and carbonate ion concentrations, respectively. Measurements of these proxies in globally distributed D. dianthus specimens show clear dependence on corresponding seawater properties. Linear regression fits of mean coral Element/Ca ratios against seawater properties yield the equations: P/Ca coral (μmol/mol) = (0.6 ± 0.1) P/Ca sw(μmol/mol) - (23 ± 18), R2 = 0.6, n = 16 and Ba/Ca coral(μmol/mol) = (1.4 ± 0.3) Ba/Ca sw(μmol/mol) + (0 ± 2), R2 = 0.6, n = 17; no significant relationship is observed between the residuals of each regression and seawater temperature, salinity, pressure, pH or carbonate ion concentrations, suggesting that these variables were not significant secondary dependencies of these proxies. Four D. dianthus specimens growing at locations with Ωarag ⩽ 0.6 displayed markedly depleted P/Ca compared to the regression based on the remaining samples, a behavior attributed to an undersaturation effect. These corals were excluded from the calibration. Coral U/Ca correlates with seawater carbonate ion: U/Ca coral(μmol/mol) = (-0.016 ± 0.003) [CO32-] (μmol/kg) + (3.2 ± 0.3), R2 = 0.6, n = 17. The residuals of the U/Ca calibration are not significantly related to temperature, salinity, or pressure. Scatter about the linear calibration lines is attributed to imperfect spatial-temporal matches between the selected globally distributed specimens and available water column chemical data, and potentially to unresolved additional effects. The uncertainties of these initial proxy calibration regressions

  20. Multilayered Electride Ca2N Electrode via Compression Molding Fabrication for Sodium Ion Batteries.

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    Chen, Guanghai; Bai, Ying; Li, Hui; Li, Yu; Wang, Zhaohua; Ni, Qiao; Liu, Lu; Wu, Feng; Yao, Yugui; Wu, Chuan

    2017-03-01

    Pursuing for novel electrode materials is significant for the progress of sodium ion batteries (SIBs). Here, a multilayered electride prepared by simple thermal decomposition of solid Ca3N2, namely Ca2N, is introduced as a new anode material of SIBs for the first time, and a compression molding electrode fabricated by pressing Ca2N powder into nickel foam is applied to protect Ca2N from trace moisture and oxygen. The as-prepared electrode delivers an initial discharge capacity of 1110.5 mAh g(-1) and a reversible discharge capacity of ∼320 mAh g(-1). These results suggest that Ca2N has a great potential for sodium ion batteries.

  1. Photolysis of caged compounds: studying Ca(2+) signaling and activation of Ca(2+)-dependent ion channels.

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    Almassy, Janos; Yule, David I

    2013-01-01

    A wide variety of signaling molecules have been chemically modified by conjugation to a photolabile chromophore to render the substance temporarily biologically inert. Subsequent exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can release the active moiety from the "caged" precursor in an experimentally controlled manner. This allows the concentration of active molecule to be precisely manipulated in both time and space. These techniques are particularly useful in experimental protocols designed to investigate the mechanisms underlying Ca(2+) signaling and the activation of Ca(2+)-dependent effectors.

  2. Spectroscopy and atomic physics of highly ionized Cr, Fe, and Ni for tokamak plasmas

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    Feldman, U.; Doschek, G. A.; Cheng, C.-C.; Bhatia, A. K.

    1980-01-01

    The paper considers the spectroscopy and atomic physics for some highly ionized Cr, Fe, and Ni ions produced in tokamak plasmas. Forbidden and intersystem wavelengths for Cr and Ni ions are extrapolated and interpolated using the known wavelengths for Fe lines identified in solar-flare plasmas. Tables of transition probabilities for the B I, C I, N I, O I, and F I isoelectronic sequences are presented, and collision strengths and transition probabilities for Cr, Fe, and Ni ions of the Be I sequence are given. Similarities of tokamak and solar spectra are discussed, and it is shown how the atomic data presented may be used to determine ion abundances and electron densities in low-density plasmas.

  3. Swift heavy ion irradiation of CaF2 - from grooves to hillocks in a single ion track

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    Gruber, Elisabeth; Salou, Pierre; Bergen, Lorenz; El Kharrazi, Mourad; Lattouf, Elie; Grygiel, Clara; Wang, Yuyu; Benyagoub, Abdenacer; Levavasseur, Delphine; Rangama, Jimmy; Lebius, Henning; Ban-d'Etat, Brigitte; Schleberger, Marika; Aumayr, Friedrich

    2016-10-01

    A novel form of ion-tracks, namely nanogrooves and hillocks, are observed on CaF2 after irradiation with xenon and lead ions of about 100 MeV kinetic energy. The irradiation is performed under grazing incidence (0.3°-3°) which forces the track to a region in close vicinity to the surface. Atomic force microscopy imaging of the impact sites with high spatial resolution reveals that the surface track consists in fact of three distinct parts: each swift heavy ion impacting on the CaF2 surface first opens a several 100 nm long groove bordered by a series of nanohillocks on both sides. The end of the groove is marked by a huge single hillock and the further penetration of the swift projectile into deeper layers of the target is accompanied by a single protrusion of several 100 nm in length slowly fading until the track vanishes. By comparing experimental data for various impact angles with results of a simulation, based on a three-dimensional version of the two-temperature-model (TTM), we are able to link the crater and hillock formation to sublimation and melting processes of CaF2 due to the local energy deposition by swift heavy ions.

  4. Disease-associated changes in the expression of ion channels, ion receptors, ion exchangers and Ca(2+)-handling proteins in heart hypertrophy.

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    Zwadlo, Carolin; Borlak, Jürgen

    2005-09-15

    The molecular pathology of cardiac hypertrophy is multifactorial with transcript regulation of ion channels, ion exchangers and Ca(2+)-handling proteins being speculative. We therefore investigated disease-associated changes in gene expression of various ion channels and their receptors as well as ion exchangers, cytoskeletal proteins and Ca(2+)-handling proteins in normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) rats. We also compared experimental findings with results from hypertrophic human hearts, previously published (Borlak, J., and Thum, T., 2003. Hallmarks of ion channel gene expression in end-stage heart failure. FASEB J. 17, 1592-1608). We observed significant (P ion exchangers (Atp1A1, NCX-1, SERCA2a), ion channels (L-type Ca(2+)-channel, K(ir)3.4, Na(v)1.5) and RyR-2 in hypertrophic hearts, while gene expression was repressed in diseased human hearts. Further, the genes coding for calreticulin and calmodulin, PMCA 1 and 4 as well as alpha-skeletal actin were significantly (P diseased human and rat hearts. Our study enabled an identification of disease-associated candidate genes. Their regulation is likely to be the result of an imbalance between pressure load/stretch force and vascular tonus and the observed changes may provide a rational for the rhythm disturbances observed in patients with cardiac hypertrophy.

  5. Towards producing ultracold CaNa+ molecular ions in the ground electronic state

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    Gacesa, Marko; Montgomery, John A.; Michels, Harvey H.; Côté, Robin

    2015-05-01

    We present a theoretical analysis of optical pathways for the formation of cold Ca(1S)Na+(1S) molecular ions, based on accurate potential energy curves and transition dipole moments calculated using effective-core-potential methods of quantum chemistry. In the proposed approach, starting from a mixture of trapped laser-cooled Ca+ ions immersed into an ultracold gas of Na atoms, the (NaCa)+ are photoassociated in the excited E1Σ+ electronic state, followed by spontaneous radiative charge transfer and emission through an intermediate state. We find the optimal formation pathway and report radiative charge-exchange cross sections and vibrational distributions of participating electronic states. This work is partially supported by ARO.

  6. FIRST SPECTROSCOPIC EVIDENCE FOR HIGH IONIZATION STATE AND LOW OXYGEN ABUNDANCE IN Ly{alpha} EMITTERS ,

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    Nakajima, Kimihiko; Shimasaku, Kazuhiro; Hashimoto, Takuya; Ono, Yoshiaki [Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Ouchi, Masami [Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8583 (Japan); Lee, Janice C., E-mail: nakajima@astron.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States)

    2013-05-20

    We present results from Keck/NIRSPEC and Magellan/MMIRS follow-up spectroscopy of Ly{alpha} emitters (LAEs) at z = 2.2 identified in our Subaru narrowband survey. We successfully detect H{alpha} emission from seven LAEs, and perform a detailed analysis of six LAEs free from active galactic nucleus activity, two out of which, CDFS-3865 and COSMOS-30679, have [O II] and [O III] line detections. They are the first [O II]-detected LAEs at high-z, and their [O III]/[O II] ratios and R23-indices provide the first simultaneous determinations of ionization parameter and oxygen abundance for LAEs. CDFS-3865 has a very high ionization parameter (q{sub ion}=2.5{sup +1.7}{sub -0.8} Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 8} cm s{sup -1}) and a low oxygen abundance (12+ log (O/H)=7.84{sup +0.24}{sub -0.25}) in contrast with moderate values of other high-z galaxies such as Lyman break galaxies (LBGs). COSMOS-30679 also possesses a relatively high ionization parameter (q{sub ion}=8{sup +10}{sub -4} Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} cm s{sup -1}) and a low oxygen abundance (12+ log (O/H)=8.18{sup +0.28}{sub -0.28}). Both LAEs appear to fall below the mass-metallicity relation of z {approx} 2 LBGs. Similarly, a low metallicity of 12 + log (O/H) < 8.4 is independently indicated for typical LAEs from a composite spectrum and the [N II]/H{alpha} index. Such high ionization parameters and low oxygen abundances can be found in local star-forming galaxies, but this extreme local population occupies only {approx}0.06% of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectroscopic galaxy sample with a number density {approx}100 times smaller than that of LAEs. With their high ionization parameters and low oxygen abundances, LAEs would represent an early stage of galaxy formation dominated by massive stars in compact star-forming regions. High-q{sub ion} galaxies like LAEs would produce ionizing photons efficiently with a high escape fraction achieved by density-bounded H II regions, which would significantly contribute to

  7. Do Ca2+-adsorbing ceramics reduce the release of calcium ions from gypsum-based biomaterials?

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    Belcarz, Anna; Zalewska, Justyna; Pałka, Krzysztof; Hajnos, Mieczysław; Ginalska, Grazyna

    2015-02-01

    Bone implantable materials based on calcium sulfate dihydrate dissolve quickly in tissue liquids and release calcium ions at very high levels. This phenomenon induces temporary toxicity for osteoblasts, may cause local inflammation and delay the healing process. Reduction in the calcium ion release rate by gypsum could be therefore beneficial for the healing of gypsum-filled bone defects. The aim of this study concerned the potential use of calcium phosphate ceramics of various porosities for the reduction of high Ca(2+) ion release from gypsum-based materials. Highly porous ceramics failed to reduce the level of Ca(2+) ions released to the medium in a continuous flow system. However, it succeeded to shorten the period of high calcium level. It was not the phase composition but the high porosity of ceramics that was found crucial for both the shortening of the Ca(2+) release-related toxicity period and intensification of apatite deposition on the composite. Nonporous ceramics was completely ineffective for this purpose and did not show any ability to absorb calcium ions at a significant level. Moreover, according to our observations, complex studies imitating in vivo systems, rather than standard tests, are essential for the proper evaluation of implantable biomaterials.

  8. Nanostructuring CaF2 surfaces with slow highly charged ions

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    El-Said, A. S.; Wilhelm, R. A.; Heller, R.; Ritter, R.; Wachter, G.; Facsko, S.; Lemell, C.; Burgdörfer, J.; Aumayr, F.

    2014-04-01

    In recent years the potential of slow highly charged ions (HCI) as tools for nanostructuring purposes has received considerable attention and a wide range of material classes, from insulating ionic crystals, polymers and ultrathin films, to semiconducting and conducting substrates have been investigated regarding their response to individual HCI impact. For the majority of investigated materials, however, consistent theoretical modeling to supplement with experimental evidence and to satisfactorily explain the complete physical process from ion approach and impact to the formation of an individual nanostructure is still lacking. CaF2, from both an experimental and theoretical point of view, might be considered the most thoroughly investigated material. Combining results from numerous studies has allowed for the generation of a "phase diagram" for nanostructuring of CaF2 in dependence of ion beam parameters. This paves the way for a first unified picture, as implications from this phase diagram should be applicable to similar materials as well.

  9. Getting Stuck: Using Monosignatures to Test Highly Ionizing Particles

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    Englert, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we argue that monojet and monophoton searches can be a sensitive test of very highly ionizing particles such as particles with charges $\\gtrsim 150e$ and more generally particles that do not reach the outer parts of the detector. 8 TeV monojet data from the CMS experiment excludes such objects with masses in the range $\\lesssim 650~{\\text{GeV}}$ and charges $\\gtrsim 100e$. This nicely complements searches for highly ionizing objects at ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. Expected improvements in these channels will extend the sensitivity range to $m\\lesssim 750~{\\text{GeV}}$. This search strategy can directly be generalized to other particles that strongly interact with the detector material, such as e.g. magnetic monopoles.

  10. Luminescent properties of europium ions in CaAl{sub 2}SiO{sub 6}

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    Lemański, K.; Walerczyk, W.; Dereń, P.J., E-mail: P.Deren@int.pan.wroc.pl

    2016-07-05

    The CaAl{sub 2}SiO{sub 6} aluminosilicate nanocrystals doped with europium(II) and europium(III) ions have been synthesized using the sol–gel method. To obtain Eu{sup 2+} ions, samples were annealed in the reducing atmosphere. The XRD diffractograms, excitation and emission spectra, as well as the decay time profiles were measured and analyzed. Nanocrystals doped with Eu{sup 3+} ions possess sharp emission peaks, which are assigned to the {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub J} transitions, where the most intensive is {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} luminescence. The decay curve of the europium(III) emission is single exponential. The asymmetry factor around the Eu{sup 3+} ions was calculated from the emission spectrum. CaAl{sub 2}SiO{sub 6} nanocrystallites containing Eu{sup 2+} ions possess the broad emission band in the visible range with maximum at 530 nm. Emission decay time of the 0.2% sample is equal 1.7 μs at 300 K and has multi exponential character. - Highlights: • The CaAl{sub 2}SiO{sub 6} nanocrystals doped with Eu were synthesized with the sol–gel method. • The CaAl{sub 2}SiO{sub 6}:Eu{sup 2+} nanocrystals possess the broad emission in the visible region. • Nanocrystals doped with Eu{sup 3+} ions have the sharp emission from the {sup 5}D{sub 0} level.

  11. Evaluation of calcium (Ca2+) and hydroxide (OH-) ion diffusion rates of indirect pulp capping materials.

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    Kurun Aksoy, Merve; Tulga Oz, Firdevs; Orhan, Kaan

    2017-07-08

    The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the calcium (Ca2+) and hydroxide (OH-) ion release of 4 artificially produced pulp capping materials (MTA, Biodentin, TheraCal LC, Calsimol) used for indirect pulp capping treatment. In total, 70 freshly extracted human third molar teeth were used for the study. Cavities of extracted teeth were prepared by round burs. The remaining dentin thickness (1 ± 0.3 mm) tissue was measured by a micrometer and cone beam computerized tomography. Indirect pulp capping was performed in the cavities using Calcimol, MTA, TheraCal LC and Biodentin. The leached Ca2+ were measured using optical emission spectrometry and the release of OH- ions using a pH meter. The measurements were performed after 24 hours, 7 days and 28 days in saline solution. Statistical analysis was performed using 1-way and 2-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests (pmaterials. All the measurements of Biodentin and Theracal LC levels for Ca2+ ions were higher than those of the other materials (pmaterials, Ca2+-ion release increased during the first 7 days followed by a linear decrease during the subsequent study periods. The Biodentine group showed the highest OH- ion rates compared to the other materials in the 24-hour examination period, while the scores gradually decreased during the subsequent measurement periods (pmaterials such as Biodentine and TheraCal LC used in this study may be preferable for indirect pulp capping because of their stimulation of hard tissue formation and ion-releasing ability.

  12. First measurement of the dissociative recombination of CaO+ with electrons brings closure to Ca ion recycling chemistry in the lower thermosphere

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    Bones, David; Plane, John

    2016-04-01

    Modelling the temporal and spatial extent of the metal layers in the mesosphere/lower thermosphere requires knowledge of the rate coefficients of dissociative recombination of metal oxide ions with electrons. Previously, these coefficients have been assumed to be 3 × 10-7 cm3 s-1 at 200 K. In this study the coefficient has been measured directly for the dissociative recombination of CaO+. Measurements are made in a flowing afterglow system with a Langmuir probe. Calcium oxide ions are introduced into an argon ion/electron plasma by pulsed laser ablation of a solid target. The relative concentration of CaO+ is measured by a quadrupole mass spectrometer as a function of flow rate (3 - 5 slm), which is inversely proportional to the reaction time of the CaO+ ions with the electrons in the plasma (2.1 to 3.5 ms). Charge transfer reactions between argon ions and neutral molecules complicate the analysis. A kinetic model describing gas-phase chemistry and diffusion to the reactor walls was fitted to the experimental data to extract the DR rate coefficient for CaO+. Unlike other metals present in the atmosphere, Ca+ ions are far more abundant than neutral Ca. The new DR rate coefficient is used to explore possible reasons for this anomaly in a model of meteor-ablated calcium in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.

  13. Ion-neutral chemistry at ultralow energies: Dynamics of reactive collisions between laser-cooled Ca^+ ions and Rb atoms in an ion-atom hybrid trap

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    Hall, Felix H J; Hegi, Gregor; Raoult, Maurice; Aymar, Mireille; Dulieu, Olivier; Willitsch, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    Cold chemical reactions between laser-cooled Ca^+ ions and Rb atoms were studied in an ion-atom hybrid trap. Reaction rate constants were determined in the range of collision energies /k_B = 20 mK-20 K. The lowest energies were achieved in experiments using single localized Ca^+ ions. Product branching ratios were studied using resonant-excitation mass spectrometry. The dynamics of the reactive processes in this system (non-radiative and radiative charge transfer as well as radiative association leading to the formation of CaRb^+ molecular ions) have been analyzed using high-level quantum-chemical calculations of the potential energy curves of CaRb^+ and quantum-scattering calculations for the radiative channels. For the present low-energy scattering experiments, it is shown that the energy dependence of the reaction rate constants is governed by long-range interactions in line with the classical Langevin model, but their magnitude is determined by short-range non-adiabatic and radiative couplings which only ...

  14. The location of the Ca II ions in the beta Pictoris disk

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    Hobbs, L. M.; Welty, D. E.; Lagrange-Henri, A. M.; Ferlet, R.; Vidal-Madjar, A.

    1988-01-01

    Echelle spectra of beta Pictoris have been obtained in the region of the Ca II 8542A line which arises from the metastable 3d 2D5/2 level. A narrow, weak, circumstellar absorption line is seen at the stellar radial velocity. A simple theory is developed of the radiative pumping of the metastable levels of the Ca II ions by the radiation from the star at the H and K lines. The relatively large fractional population, N3(Ca II)/N1(Ca II) of roughly 0.05, observed for the metastable level then requires that the calcium absorbers be largely concentrated within about 1 AU of the star. This result confirms two previous, independent estimates of the location of this gas. A time-variable circumstellar component of the 8542A line also is found at an infall velocity of about 15 km/s.

  15. Effect of charge compensator/CO-dopant ions on the TL characteristics of CaSO{sub 4}:Dy and CaSO{sub 4}:Tm

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    Bhatt, B.C.; Shinde, S.S.; Srivastava, J.K. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay (India); Gundu Rao, T.K. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Bombay (India)

    1996-12-31

    The effect of charge compensating ions (Na{sup +} or P{sup 5+}) has been studied in CaSO{sub 4}:Dy/Tm phosphors. For CaSO{sub 4}:Dy, Na, the thermoluminescence emission between 380 and 404 K seems to be well correlated with Na co-dopant which increases the formation and stabilisation of the SO{sub 4}{sup -} centre. ESR as well as fluorescence measurements also showed an enhanced signal for the SO{sub 4}{sup -} radical in CaSO{sub 4}:Dy, Na samples. Co-doping of phosphorus in CaSO{sub 4}:Dy/Tm resulted in increasing the TL sensitivity by about 40% when compared with that in the conventional CaSO{sub 4}:Dy/Tm TL phosphors. In CaSO{sub 4}:Dy,P and CaSO{sub 4}:Dy, while ESR measurements showed no change in ESR signal intensity. TL measurements showed higher intensity for CaSO{sub 4}:Dy,P samples. On the other hand, addition of Zr{sup 4+} to CaSO{sub 4}:Dy did not result in any enhancement in TL intensity of the dosimetric peak; however, ESR measurements showed enhanced intensity for the SO{sub 3}{sup -} radical (stable up to 300{sup o}C) in CaSO{sub 4}:Dy,Zr. These results tend to show that charge compensator ions such as Na{sup +} and P{sup 5+} when present in CaSO{sub 4}:Dy/Tm, result in higher luminescence efficiency either due to better incorporation of activator ions or due to improvement in energy transfer processes. On the other hand incorporation of co-dopant ions with higher effective charge such as Zr{sup 4+} would increase the concentration of cation vacancies but did not result in an increase in the luminescence efficiency. (Author).

  16. Surface engineering of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass with low energy Ar- or Ca-ion implantation.

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    Huang, Lu; Zhu, Chao; Muntele, Claudiu I; Zhang, Tao; Liaw, Peter K; He, Wei

    2015-02-01

    In the present study, low energy ion implantation was employed to engineer the surface of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG), aiming at improving the biocompatibility and imparting bioactivity to the surface. Ca- or Ar-ions were implanted at 10 or 50 keV at a fluence of 8 × 10(15)ions/cm(2) to (Zr0.55Al0.10Ni0.05Cu0.30)99Y1 (at.%) BMG. The effects of ion implantation on material properties and subsequent cellular responses were investigated. Both Ar- and Ca-ion implantations were suggested to induce atom displacements on the surfaces according to the Monte-Carlo simulation. The change of atomic environment of Zr in the surface regions as implied by the alteration in X-ray absorption measurements at Zr K-edge. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the ion implantation process has modified the surface chemical compositions and indicated the presence of Ca after Ca-ion implantation. The surface nanohardness has been enhanced by implantation of either ion species, with Ca-ion implantation showing more prominent effect. The BMG surfaces were altered to be more hydrophobic after ion implantation, which can be attributed to the reduced amount of hydroxyl groups on the implanted surfaces. Higher numbers of adherent cells were found on Ar- and Ca-ion implanted samples, while more pronounced cell adhesion was observed on Ca-ion implanted substrates. The low energy ion implantation resulted in concurrent modifications in atomic structure, nanohardness, surface chemistry, hydrophobicity, and cell behavior on the surface of the Zr-based BMG, which were proposed to be mutually correlated with each other. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  17. Surface hardness changes induced by O-, Ca- or P-ion implantation into titanium.

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    Ikeyama; Nakao; Morikawa; Yokogawa; Wielunski; Clissold; Bell

    2000-12-30

    Titanium or titanium alloys are very attractive biomedical materials. Biocompatible elements of oxygen, calcium and phosphorus were implanted into titanium and changes of surface hardness were measured using an ultra micro indenter (UMIS-2000). A multiple load-partial unload procedure that can reveal a hardness versus depth profile was adopted. Depth profiles of concentration of implanted ions were obtained by SIMS measurement. For O and P implantation, it is observed that the hardness increases with the increases in the dose. O implantation produced the largest increase in hardness, up to 2.2 times higher than the unimplanted titanium. On the other hand, Ca implantation produced only a small increase in the hardness that was independent of the ion dose. The surface oxide layer of a Ca implanted titanium sample was much thicker than the unimplanted samples or those implanted with O and P ions. The depth of maximum hardness increases with increasing energy of implanted ions. The depths of the maximum hardness occur at indentation depths of one-third to one-eighth of the mean ranges of implanted ions.

  18. Creation of nanohillocks on CaF2 surfaces by single slow highly charged ions.

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    El-Said, A S; Heller, R; Meissl, W; Ritter, R; Facsko, S; Lemell, C; Solleder, B; Gebeshuber, I C; Betz, G; Toulemonde, M; Möller, W; Burgdörfer, J; Aumayr, F

    2008-06-13

    Upon impact on a solid surface, the potential energy stored in slow highly charged ions is primarily deposited into the electronic system of the target. By decelerating the projectile ions to kinetic energies as low as 150 x q eV, we find first unambiguous experimental evidence that potential energy alone is sufficient to cause permanent nanosized hillocks on the (111) surface of a CaF(2) single crystal. Our investigations reveal a surprisingly sharp and well-defined threshold of potential energy for hillock formation which can be linked to a solid-liquid phase transition.

  19. Modelisation of the contribution of the Na/Ca exchanger to cell membrane potential and intracellular ion concentrations.

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    Bahlouli, S; Hamdache, F; Riane, H

    2008-09-01

    Modelisation plays a significant role in the study of ion transfer through the cell membrane and in the comprehension of cellular excitability. We were interested in the selective ion transfers through the K(Ca), Na(v), Ca(v) channels and the Na/Ca exchanger (NCX). The membrane behaves like an electric circuit because of the existence of ion gradients maintained by the cell. The non-linearity of this circuit gives rise to complex oscillations of the membrane potential. By application of the finite difference method (FDM) and the concept of percolation we studied the role of the NCX in the regulation of the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration and the oscillations of the membrane potential. The fractal representation of the distribution of active channels allows us to follow the diffusion of intracellular Ca(2+) ions. These calculations show that the hyperpolarization and the change in the burst duration of the membrane potential are primarily due to the NCX.

  20. Ion-sputtering deposition of Ca-P-O films for microscopic imaging of osteoblast cells

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    Ananda Sagari, A.R. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland)]. E-mail: ananda.sagari@phys.jyu.fi; Lautaret, Claire [ENSICAEN, 6 Boulevard Marechal Juin, F-14050 CAEN Cedex 04 (France); Gorelick, Sergey [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Laitinen, Mikko [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Rahkila, Paavo [Department of Health Sciences, P.O. Box 35 (L), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Putkonen, Matti [Beneq Oy, Ensimmaeinen savu, FI-01510 Vantaa (Finland); Arstila, Kai [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, K.U.Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Sajavaara, Timo [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Cheng, Sulin [Department of Health Sciences, P.O. Box 35 (L), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Whitlow, Harry J. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 35 (YFL), FIN-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland)

    2007-08-15

    An ion-beam sputtering technique was used to produce Ca-P-O films on borosilicate glass at room temperature from hydroxyapatite targets using nitrogen, argon and krypton beams at different acceleration voltages. The sputtering target was pressed from high purity hydroxyapatite powder or mixture of high purity hydroxyapatite powder and red phosphorus in order to optimise the film composition. The film composition, determined using time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis (TOF-ERDA), was found to be strongly dependent on the ion energy used for deposition. By extra doping of the target with P the correct Ca/P atomic ratio in the deposited films was reached. The films deposited on Si were amorphous even after annealing at 800 deg, C. The biocompatibility of the films was investigated using osteoblast-like cells. The film deposited under optimal conditions exhibited dendritic growth, indicative of more realistic chemical signalling than for other substratum e.g. polystyrene or plain glass.

  1. Nanomolar concentrations of inorganic lead increase Ca2+ efflux and decrease intracellular free Ca2+ ion concentrations in cultured rat hippocampal neurons by a calmodulin-dependent mechanism.

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    Ferguson, C; Kern, M; Audesirk, G

    2000-06-01

    Inorganic lead (Pb2+) activates calmodulin, which in turn may stimulate many other cellular processes. The plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase is a calmodulin-stimulated enzyme that plays the major role in regulating the "resting" intracellular free Ca2+ ion concentration, [Ca2+]i. We hypothesized that exposing neurons to low levels of Pb2+ would cause Pb2+ to enter the cytoplasm, and that intracellular Pb2+, by activating calmodulin, would stimulate plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase activity, thereby increasing Ca2+ extrusion and reducing [Ca2+]i. We used the ratiometric Ca2+ indicator fura-2 to estimate changes in [Ca2+]i. In vitro calibrations of fura-2 with solutions of defined free Ca2+ and free Pb2+ concentrations showed that, at free Ca2+ concentrations from 10 nM to 1000 nM, adding Pb2+ caused either no significant change in the F340/F380 ratio (free Pb2+ concentrations from 100 fM to 1 pM) or increased the F340/F380 ratio (free Pb2+ concentrations from 5 to 50 pM). Therefore, fura-2 should be suitable for estimating Pb2+-induced decreases in [Ca2+]i, but not increases in [Ca2+]i. We exposed cultured embryonic rat hippocampal neurons to 100 nM Pb2+ for periods from 1 hour to 2 days and measured the F340/F380 ratio; the ratio decreased significantly by 9 to 16% at all time points, indicating that Pb2+ exposure decreased [Ca2+]i. In neurons loaded with 45Ca, Pb2+ exposure increased Ca2+ efflux for at least two hours; by 24 hours, Ca2+ efflux returned to control levels. Influx of 45Ca was not altered by Pb2+ exposure. Low concentrations (250 nM) of the calmodulin inhibitor calmidazolium had no effect on either 45Ca efflux or on the F340/F380 ratio in fura-loaded control neurons, but completely eliminated the increase in 45Ca efflux and decrease in F340/F380 ratio in Pb2+-exposed neurons. Zaldoride, another calmodulin inhibitor, also eliminated the decrease in F340/F380 ratio in Pb2+-exposed neurons. We conclude that Pb2+ exposure decreases [Ca2+]i and increases Ca2+ efflux

  2. Effect of Subphase $Ca^{++}$ Ions on the Viscoelastic Properties of Langmuir Monolayers

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    Ghaskadvi, R S; Dennin, M; Carr, Sharon; Dennin, Michael

    1999-01-01

    It is known that the presence of cations like Ca++ or Pb++ in the water subphase alters the pressure-area isotherms for fatty acid monolayers. The corresponding lattice constant changes have been studied using x-ray diffraction. Reflection-absorption spectroscopy has been used to probe the chemical composition of the film. We report on the first measurements of the time evolution of the shear viscosity of arachidic acid monolayers in the presence of Ca++ ions in the subphase. We find that the introduction of Ca++ ions to the water subphase results in an increase of the film's viscosity by at least three orders of magnitude. This increase occurs in three distinct stages. First, there is a rapid change in the viscosity of up to one order of magnitude. This is followed by two periods, with very different time constants, of a relatively slow increase in the viscosity over the next 10 or more hours. The corresponding time constants for this rise decrease as either the subphase pH or Ca++ concentration is increased...

  3. Viscoelastic Properties and Bioactivity of Sol-Gel Derived Gelatin-Silicate Composites: Effects of the Incorporated Ca2+ Ions

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    2001-01-01

    Several gelatin-silicate composites, with or without incorporation of Ca2+ ions, were synthesized through sol-gel processing starting from gelatin and 3-(glycidoxypropyl) trimethoxysilane. The structure around the Si atoms was similar for all the samples. The measurement of viscoelastic properties indicated that the glass transition temperature and activation energy decreased with the incorporation of Ca2+ ions. The Ca2+ ion-containing composites were bioactive as they spontaneously deposited apatite when soaked in a simulated body fluid of the Kokubo recipe.

  4. Effect of total pressure on sulfur capture of Ca-ion exchanged coal; Kaatsu jokenka ni okeru Ca-tanjitan no datsuryu koka

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    Lin, S.; Benjamin, G.; Abe, H.; Harano, A.; Takarada, T. [Gunma University, Gunma (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-28

    In relation to coal gasification and combustion under high pressure as highly efficient coal utilization, the effect of total pressure and sintering on the SO2 capture ability of Ca-ion exchanged coal and other desulfurizing agents were studied. In experiment, specimens were filled into a small pressurized reactor to heat them under high-pressure N2 atmosphere. After the completion of combustion reaction of char at 850{degree}C, SO2, CO2 and CO gases were measured at an outlet while flowing SO2/N2. As the experimental result, all of the S content in Ca-ion exchanged coal was not absorbed by Ca content in coal during pyrolysis and combustion, resulting in discharge of 36% of the S content. Since Ca-ion exchanged coal is fast in combustion reaction, most of the S content was desulfurized by coal ash. The ash content yielded from Ca-ion exchanged coal was more excellent in SO2 capture ability than limestone even under higher pressure. In the case of CO2 partial pressure lower than equilibrium CO2 pressure for CaCO3 decomposition, the capture ability decreased with an increase in total pressure, while in higher CO2 partial pressure, it was improved. 1 ref., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. Observation of nanostructured cluster formation of Tm ions in CaF{sub 2} crystals

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    Drazic, G.; Kobe, S. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Cefalas, A.C. [National Hellenic Research Foundation, TPCI, 48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue, Athens 11635 (Greece)], E-mail: ccefalas@eie.gr; Sarantopoulou, E.; Kollia, Z. [National Hellenic Research Foundation, TPCI, 48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue, Athens 11635 (Greece)

    2008-08-25

    Transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and high-resolution scanning-transmission electron microscopy, with electron beam sizes ranging from 2 to 50 nm, were used to investigate the spatial distribution and homogeneity of doped Tm{sup 3+} ions in CaF{sub 2} host matrices with atomic resolution, in solid crystals grown from melts using the Bridgman-Stockbarger method. With the smallest size electron beam available of 2 nm, it was found that the Tm{sup 3+} ions were distributed inhomogeneously at the host sites. They took the form of sub-nm agglomerations of 3-5 atoms, rather than individual ions and the phase transition layer was 0.1 nm thick. The spatial extend of inhomogeneous Tm{sup 3+} concentration was 2.6-6 nm and originates from ionic density fluctuations in the liquid phase at the interface layer due to the local electrostatic field at the ionic sites.

  6. The formation and physical origin of highly ionized cooling gas

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    Bordoloi, Rongmon; Norman, Colin A

    2016-01-01

    We present a physically clear cooling flow theory that explains the origin of warm diffuse gas seen primarily as highly ionized absorption line systems in the spectra of background sources. We predict the observed column densities of several highly ionized transitions such as O VI, O VII, Ne VIII, N V, and Mg X; and present a unified comparison of the model predictions with absorption lines seen in the Milky Way disk, Milky Way halo, starburst galaxies, the circumgalactic medium and the intergalactic medium at low and high redshifts. We show that diffuse gas seen in such diverse environments can be simultaneously explained by a simple model of radiatively cooling gas. We show that most of such absorption line systems are consistent with being collisionally ionized, and estimate the maximum likelihood temperature of the gas in each observation. This model satisfactorily explains why O VI is regularly observed around star-forming low-z L* galaxies, and why N V is rarely seen around the same galaxies. We predict...

  7. Investigation of optical and spectroscopic properties of Sm3+ ions in CaBAl glasses

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    Brito, D. R. N.; Queiroz, M. N.; Barboza, M. J.; Steimacher, A.; Pedrochi, F.

    2017-02-01

    Samples of CaBAl glass with composition of (25-x)CaO-50B2O3-15Al2O3-10CaF2-xSm2O3, with Sm2O3 concentration varying from 0.5 to 7 wt%, were prepared by using melt-quenching method in air atmosphere. The samples were prepared with different concentrations of Sm2O3, aiming to understand how the dopant changes the optical and spectroscopic properties of the glass. The doped CaBAl glasses were studied by means of volumetric density measurements, refractive index, optical absorption, luminescence at room temperature, luminescence as function of the temperature and radiative lifetime. All results were discussed in function of Sm2O3 concentration. The measured volumetric density and polarizability showed an increase with Sm2O3 doping. The refractive index showed a small increase due to RE doping, although within the errors. The absorption bands were attributed to Sm3+ transitions from the ground state 6H5/2 to the various excited states. The luminescence spectra present emission bands assigned to the appropriate electronic f-f transitions of Sm3+ ions; there are four emission bands at 565, 602, 649 and 710 nm. The luminescence quenching was observed up to 2 wt% of Sm2O3. The O/R ratio as function of the Sm2O3 concentration showed changes in the symmetry site with addition of Sm2O3. The CIE 1931 diagram presented a reddish-orange shift color with Sm2O3 doping. The luminescence intensity presents a decrease with temperature increase for all studied samples. The experimental lifetime decreases with the increase of Sm2O3, mainly due to ion-ion interaction.

  8. An allene-doped liquid argon ionization chamber for Ar and Ca ions at around 100 MeV/n

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    Yunoki, A; Fukuda, N; Kase, M; Kato, T; Kikuchi, J; Masuda, K; Niimura, M; Okada, H; Ozaki, K; Piao, Y; Shibamura, E; Tanaka, M; Tanihata, I; Terasawa, K

    1999-01-01

    An allene-doped liquid argon ionization chamber with 48 mmx48 mmx40 mm sensitive volume has been constructed for precise energy measurement of heavy ions at around 100 MeV/n. An energy resolution of 0.6%-0.7% (FWHM) was achieved for Ca and Ar ions both at 78 MeV/n. (author)

  9. Coherent manipulation of a 40Ca+ spin qubit in a micro ion trap

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    Poschinger, U.G.; Huber, G.; Ziesel, F.;

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate the implementation of a spin qubit with a single 40Ca+ ion in a micro ion trap. The qubit is encoded in the Zeeman ground state levels mJ = +1/2 and mJ = -1/2 of the S1/2 state of the ion. We show sideband cooling close to the vibrational ground state and demonstrate the initializa......We demonstrate the implementation of a spin qubit with a single 40Ca+ ion in a micro ion trap. The qubit is encoded in the Zeeman ground state levels mJ = +1/2 and mJ = -1/2 of the S1/2 state of the ion. We show sideband cooling close to the vibrational ground state and demonstrate...... to extract the phonon number distribution. The dynamics of this distribution is analysed to deduce the trap-induced heating rate of 0.3(1) phonons ms-1....

  10. Specific chemical reactivities of spatially separated 3-aminophenol conformers with cold Ca$^+$ ions

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    Chang, Yuan-Pin; Küpper, Jochen; Rösch, Daniel; Wild, Dieter; Willitsch, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    Many molecules exhibit multiple rotational isomers (conformers) that interconvert thermally and are difficult to isolate. Consequently, a precise characterization of their role in chemical reactions has proven challenging. We have probed the reactivity of specific conformers using an experimental technique based on their spatial separation in a molecular beam by electrostatic deflection. The separated conformers react with a target of Coulomb-crystallized ions in a trap. In the reaction of Ca$^+$ with 3-aminophenol, we find a twofold larger rate constant for the \\textit{cis}- compared to the \\textit{trans}-conformer (differentiated by the O-H bond orientation). This result is explained by conformer-specific differences in the long-range ion-molecule interaction potentials. Our approach demonstrates the possibility of controlling reactivity through selection of conformational states.

  11. MECHANISMS CONTROLLING Ca ION RELEASE FROM SOL-GEL DERIVED IN SITU APATITE-SILICA NANOCOMPOSITE POWDER

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    Seyed Mohsen Latifi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Ca ion release from bioactive biomaterials could play an important role in their bioactivity and osteoconductivity properties. In order to improve hydroxyapatite (HA dissolution rate, in situ apatite-silica nanocomposite powders with various silica contents were synthesized via sol-gel method and mechanisms controlling the Ca ion release from them were investigated. Obtained powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM techniques, acid dissolution test, and spectroscopy by atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS. Results indicated the possible incorporation of (SiO44- into the HA structure and tendency of amorphous silica to cover the surface of HA particles. However, 20 wt. % silica was the lowest amount that fully covered HA particles. All of the nanocomposite powders showed more Ca ion release compared with pure HA, and HA - 10 wt. % silica had the highest Ca ion release. The crystallinity, the crystallite size, and the content of HA, along with the integrity, thickness, and ion diffusion possibility through the amorphous silica layer on the surface of HA, were factors that varied due to changes in the silica content and were affected the Ca ion release from nanocomposite powders.

  12. Ion microprobe assessment of the heterogeneity of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis (bivalvia shell calcite precipitated at constant temperature

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    P. S. Freitas

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Small-scale heterogeneity of biogenic carbonate elemental composition can be a significant source of error in the accurate use of element/Ca ratios as geochemical proxies. In this study ion microprobe (SIMS profiles showed significant small-scale variability of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in new shell calcite of the marine bivalves Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis that was precipitated during a constant-temperature culturing experiment. Elevated Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios were found to be associated with the deposition of elaborate shell features, i.e. a shell surface stria in P. maximus and surface shell disturbance marks in both species, the latter a common occurrence in bivalve shells. In both species the observed small-scale elemental heterogeneity most likely was not controlled by variable transport of ions to the extra-pallial fluid, but by factors such as the influence of shell organic content and/or crystal size and orientation, the latter reflecting conditions at the shell crystal-solution interface. In the mid and innermost regions of the P. maximus shell the lack of significant small-scale variation of Mg/Ca ratios, which is consistent with growth at constant temperature, suggest a potential application as a palaeotemperature proxy. Cross-growth band element/Ca ratio profiles in the interior of bivalve shells may provide more promising palaeo-environmental tools than sampling from the outer region of bivalve shells.

  13. Application of the Nernst-Planck approach to lead ion exchange in Ca-loaded Pelvetia canaliculata.

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    Costa, Joana F de Sá S; Vilar, Vítor J P; Botelho, Cidália M S; da Silva, Eduardo A B; Boaventura, Rui A R

    2010-07-01

    Ca-loaded Pelvetia canaliculata biomass was used to remove Pb(2+) in aqueous solution from batch and continuous systems. The physicochemical characterization of algae Pelvetia particles by potentiometric titration and FTIR analysis has shown a gel structure with two major binding groups - carboxylic (2.8 mmol g(-1)) and hydroxyl (0.8 mmol g(-1)), with an affinity constant distribution for hydrogen ions well described by a Quasi-Gaussian distribution. Equilibrium adsorption (pH 3 and 5) and desorption (eluents: HNO(3) and CaCl(2)) experiments were performed, showing that the biosorption mechanism was attributed to ion exchange among calcium, lead and hydrogen ions with stoichiometry 1:1 (Ca:Pb) and 1:2 (Ca:H and Pb:H). The uptake capacity of lead ions decreased with pH, suggesting that there is a competition between H(+) and Pb(2+) for the same binding sites. A mass action law for the ternary mixture was able to predict the equilibrium data, with the selectivity constants alpha(Ca)(H)=9+/-1 and alpha(Ca)(Pb)=44+/-5, revealing a higher affinity of the biomass towards lead ions. Adsorption (initial solution pH 4.5 and 2.5) and desorption (0.3M HNO(3)) kinetics were performed in batch and continuous systems. A mass transfer model using the Nernst-Planck approximation for the ionic flux of each counter-ion was used for the prediction of the ions profiles in batch systems and packed bed columns. The intraparticle effective diffusion constants were determined as 3.73x10(-7)cm(2)s(-1) for H(+), 7.56x10(-8)cm(2)s(-1) for Pb(2+) and 6.37x10(-8)cm(2)s(-1) for Ca(2+). Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Calcium in pollen-pistil interaction in `Petunia hybrida Hat`. Pt. 3. Localization of Ca{sup 2+} ions and Ca{sup 2+}-ATPase in pollinated pistil

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    Bednarska, E.; Butowt, R. [Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun (Poland)

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    Studies were carried out of Ca{sup 2+} and Ca{sup 2+}-ATPase localization in pollinated (6 and 48 h after pollination) pistils of `Petunia hybrida`. The results were confronted with Ca{sup 2+} localization in mature pollen grain and in unpollinated pistil. It has been found that after pollination the number of Ca{sup 2+} sequestered in the stigmal exudate and in the sporoderm of the pollen grain gets lower. That phenomenon was associated with the appearance of a large number of Sb/Ca precipitates in the submembrane cytoplasm of the germinating pollen. In the vacuolized pollen grain, i.e. grown into a pollen tube, there were only a few precipitates. In the pollen tube, Ca{sup 2+} were found in the organelles of the tip cytoplasm and in the external pectin cell wall. Studies with the use of {sup 45}Ca{sup 2+} have revealed that the source of calcium ions incorporated into the pollen tube tip and its pectin wall is the transmitting tract of the style. In the transmitting tract overgrown with pollen tubes, Ca{sup 2+} were localized in the intercellular matrix and in the transmitting cell. Sb/Ca precipitates occurred in the nuclei, around the secretary vesicles and on the plasmalemma in the transverse walls region. Elevated Ca{sup 2+} level was found in degenerating cells (inhibited pollen tubes, transmitting cells, nucellar cells). The progressing degeneration process of the cells of the transmitting tract of the pollinated pistil was associated with a decrease in the activity of plasmalemma Ca{sup 2+}-ATPase. (author). 30 refs, 19 figs.

  15. Spectral measurements of electron temperature in nonequilibrium highly ionized He plasma

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    Korshunov, O. V.; Chinnov, V. F.; Kavyrshin, D. I.; Ageev, A. G.

    2016-11-01

    It has been experimentally shown that highly ionized He arc plasma does not achieve local thermodynamic equilibrium expected for plasmas with electron concentrations above 1 × 1016 cm-3 like argon plasma. We have found that the reason for this deviation is strong nonisotropy of plasma. Triple electron recombination with temperatures of 2.5-3 eV is almost absent. Charged particles move from the arc (r = 1 mm) to chamber walls due to ambipolar diffusion creating ionization nonequilibrium over the excited states rendering Boltzmann distribution and Saha equation inapplicable for determining electron temperature. A method for determining electron temperature is suggested that is based on using the relative intensities of the atomic and ion lines. Its advantage lies in an energy gap between these lines’ states over 50 eV that reduces the influence of nonequilibrium on the result. This influence can be taken into account if the ionization energies of emitting states of atom and ion have close values. The suggested method can be expanded for any media including those with dimensional nonisotropy that have both atomic and ion lines in their emission spectra.

  16. A highly sensitive CaF{sub 2}:Dy nanophosphor as an efficient low energy ion dosimetry

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    Bhadane, Mahesh S.; Hareesh, K.; Dahiwale, S.S.; Sature, K.R. [Microtron Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Patil, B.J. [Department of Physics, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune 411004 (India); Asokan, K.; Kanjilal, D. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Bhoraskar, V.N. [Microtron Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Dhole, S.D., E-mail: sanjay@physics.unipune.ac.in [Microtron Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India)

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • CaF{sub 2}:Dy nanophosphor synthesized by chemical co-precipitation route. • Phosphors are irradiated by H, Ar and N low energy ions at different fluences. • LEBI irradiated phosphors are characterized by XRD, TEM, FTIR and PL spectroscopy. • First time report to LEIB irradiated for thermoluminescence dosimetric applications. - Abstract: Dysprosium doped calcium fluoride (CaF{sub 2}:Dy) powers synthesized by co-precipitation method were irradiated with low energy ion beams (LEIB) viz. 100 keV H, 200 keV Ar and 350 keV N beams at different fluences and demonstrated for low energy ion dosimetric application. X-ray Diffraction and Transmission electron microscopy revealed the formation of highly crystalline cubic structured particles with size ∼45–50 nm. FTIR spectra of the CaF{sub 2}:Dy samples show changes of some bonds such as N–O asymmetric, C–F bonding and C–H aromatic contain stretching mode after LEIB irradiation. The thermoluminescence (TL) glow curve peaks were observed at 207 °C for Ar ion, at 203 °C for H ion and at 216 °C and 270 °C for N ion. It has been found that CaF{sub 2}:Dy nanophosphor shows a linear response with minimum fading for all the ion species. Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution was performed for TL curve of high fluence ion irradiated nanophosphor to estimate the trapping parameters and the respective figure of merit (FOM) found to be very appropriate for all the nanophosphor. These results indicated that the CaF{sub 2}:Dy can be used as a low energy ion detector or dose.

  17. Charged Particle Motion in a Highly Ionized Plasma

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    Brown, L S; Singleton, R; Brown, Lowell S; Preston, Dean L; Singleton, Robert L

    2005-01-01

    A recently introduced method utilizing dimensional continuation is employed to compute the energy loss rate for a non-relativistic particle moving through a highly ionized plasma. No restriction is made on the charge, mass, or speed of this particle. It is, however, assumed that the plasma is not strongly coupled in the sense that the dimensionless plasma coupling parameter g=e^2\\kappa_D/ 4\\pi T is small, where \\kappa_D is the Debye wave number of the plasma. To leading and next-to-leading order in this coupling, dE/dx is of the generic form g^2 \\ln[C g^2]. The precise numerical coefficient out in front of the logarithm is well known. We compute the constant C under the logarithm exactly for arbitrary particle speeds. Our exact results differ from approximations given in the literature. The differences are in the range of 20% for cases relevant to inertial confinement fusion experiments. The same method is also employed to compute the rate of momentum loss for a projectile moving in a plasma, and the rate at ...

  18. Sensitivity of Rabbit Ventricular Action Potential and Ca2+ Dynamics to Small Variations in Membrane Currents and Ion Diffusion Coefficients

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    Yuan Hung Lo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Little is known about how small variations in ionic currents and Ca2+ and Na+ diffusion coefficients impact action potential and Ca2+ dynamics in rabbit ventricular myocytes. We applied sensitivity analysis to quantify the sensitivity of Shannon et al. model (Biophys. J., 2004 to 5%–10% changes in currents conductance, channels distribution, and ion diffusion in rabbit ventricular cells. We found that action potential duration and Ca2+ peaks are highly sensitive to 10% increase in L-type Ca2+ current; moderately influenced by 10% increase in Na+-Ca2+ exchanger, Na+-K+ pump, rapid delayed and slow transient outward K+ currents, and Cl− background current; insensitive to 10% increases in all other ionic currents and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ fluxes. Cell electrical activity is strongly affected by 5% shift of L-type Ca2+ channels and Na+-Ca2+ exchanger in between junctional and submembrane spaces while Ca2+-activated Cl−-channel redistribution has the modest effect. Small changes in submembrane and cytosolic diffusion coefficients for Ca2+, but not in Na+ transfer, may alter notably myocyte contraction. Our studies highlight the need for more precise measurements and further extending and testing of the Shannon et al. model. Our results demonstrate usefulness of sensitivity analysis to identify specific knowledge gaps and controversies related to ventricular cell electrophysiology and Ca2+ signaling.

  19. Ion microprobe assessment of the heterogeneity of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis (bivalvia shell calcite precipitated at constant temperature

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    H. Kennedy

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Small-scale heterogeneity of biogenic carbonate elemental composition can be a significant source of error in the accurate use of element/Ca ratios as geochemical proxies. In this study ion microprobe (SIMS profiles showed significant small-scale variability of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in new shell calcite of the marine bivalves P. maximus and Mytilus edulis that was precipitated during a constant-temperature culturing experiment. Elevated Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios were found to be associated with the deposition of elaborate shell features, i.e. a shell surface stria in P. maximus and surface shell disturbance marks in both species, the latter a common occurrence in bivalve shells. In both species the observed small-scale elemental heterogeneity most likely was not controlled by variable transport of ions to the extra-pallial fluid, but by factors such as shell Mg content influencing Sr and Mn heterogeneity, the influence of shell organic content and/or conditions at the shell crystal-solution interface. Invariant Mg/Ca ratios observed in the mid and innermost regions of the P. maximus shell suggests a potential application as a palaeotemperature proxy.

  20. Adsorption of endotoxins on Ca2+-iminodiacetic acid by metal ion affinity chromatography

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    André Moreni LOPES; Jorge Sánchez ROMEU; Rolando Páez MEIRELES; Gabriel Marquez PERERA; Rolando Perdomo MORALES; Adalberto PESSOA; Lourdes Zumalacárregui CáRDENAS

    2012-01-01

    Endotoxins (also known as lipopolysaccharides (LPS)) are undesirable by-products of recombinant proteins,purified from Escherichia coli.LPS can be considered stable under a wide range of temperature and pH,making their removal one of the most difficult tasks in downstream processes during protein purification.The inherent toxicity of LPS makes their removal an important step for the application of these proteins in several biological assays and for a safe parenteral administration.Immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) enables the affinity interactions between the metal ions (immobilized on the support through the chelating compound) and the target molecules,thus enabling high-efficiency separation of the target molecules from other components present in a mixture.Affinity chromatography is applied with Ca2+-iminodiacetic acid (IDA)to remove most of the LPS contaminants from the end product (more than 90%).In this study,the adsorption of LPS on an IDA-Ca2+ was investigated.The adsorption Freundlich isotherm of LPS-IDA-Ca2 + provides a theoretical basis for LPS removal.It was found that LPS is bound mainly by interactions between the phosphate group in LPS and Ca2+ ligands on the beads.The factors such as pH (4.0 or 5.5) and ionic strength (1.0 mol/L) are essential to obtain effective removal of LPS for contaminant levels between endotoxin' concentration values less than 100 EU/mL and 100000 EU/mL.This new protocol represents a substantial advantage in time,effort,and production costs.

  1. Charge Identification of Highly Ionizing Particles in Desensitized Nuclear Emulsion Using High Speed Read-Out System

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    Toshito, T.; Kodama, K.; Yusa, K.; Ozaki, M.; Amako, K.; Kameoka, S.; Murakami, K.; Sasaki, T.; Aoki, S.; Ban, T.; Fukuda, T.; Naganawa, N.; Nakamura, T.; Natsume, M.; Niwa, K.; Takahashi, S.; Kanazawa, M.; Kanematsu, N.; Komori, M.; Sato, S.; Asai, M.; /Nagoya U. /Aichi U. of Education /Gunma U., Maebashi /JAXA, Sagamihara /KEK, Tsukuba /Kobe

    2006-05-10

    We performed an experimental study of charge identification of heavy ions from helium to carbon having energy of about 290 MeV/u using an emulsion chamber. Emulsion was desensitized by means of forced fading (refreshing) to expand a dynamic range of response to highly charged particles. For the track reconstruction and charge identification, the fully automated high speed emulsion read-out system, which was originally developed for identifying minimum ionizing particles, was used without any modification. Clear track by track charge identification up to Z=6 was demonstrated. The refreshing technique has proved to be a powerful technique to expand response of emulsion film to highly ionizing particles.

  2. Ca(II) Binding Regulates and Dominates the Reactivity of a Transition-Metal-Ion-Dependent Diesterase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Pedroso, Marcelo M; Larrabee, James A; Ely, Fernanda; Gwee, Shuhui E; Mitić, Nataša; Ollis, David L; Gahan, Lawrence R; Schenk, Gerhard

    2016-01-18

    The diesterase Rv0805 from Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a dinuclear metallohydrolase that plays an important role in signal transduction by controlling the intracellular levels of cyclic nucleotides. As Rv0805 is essential for mycobacterial growth it is a promising new target for the development of chemotherapeutics to treat tuberculosis. The in vivo metal-ion composition of Rv0805 is subject to debate. Here, we demonstrate that the active site accommodates two divalent transition metal ions with binding affinities ranging from approximately 50 nm for Mn(II) to about 600 nm for Zn(II) . In contrast, the enzyme GpdQ from Enterobacter aerogenes, despite having a coordination sphere identical to that of Rv0805, binds only one metal ion in the absence of substrate, thus demonstrating the significance of the outer sphere to modulate metal-ion binding and enzymatic reactivity. Ca(II) also binds tightly to Rv0805 (Kd ≈40 nm), but kinetic, calorimetric, and spectroscopic data indicate that two Ca(II) ions bind at a site different from the dinuclear transition-metal-ion binding site. Ca(II) acts as an activator of the enzymatic activity but is able to promote the hydrolysis of substrates even in the absence of transition-metal ions, thus providing an effective strategy for the regulation of the enzymatic activity.

  3. Investigating ion channel distribution using a combination of spatially limited photolysis, Ca(2+) imaging, and patch clamp recording.

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    Almassy, Janos; Yule, David I

    2013-01-01

    The production of saliva by parotid acinar cells is stimulated by Ca(2+) activation of Cl(-) and K(+) channels located in the apical plasma membrane of these polarized cells. Here, we utilize a combination of spatially limited flash photolysis, Ca(2+) imaging, and electrophysiological recording to investigate the distinct distribution of Ca(2+)-dependent ion channels in the plasma membrane (PM) of enzymatically isolated murine parotid acinar cells. In these experiments, the aim of photolysis is to selectively target and modify the activity of ion channels, thereby revealing membrane-domain-specific differences in distribution. Specifically, the relative distribution of channels to either apical or basal PM can be investigated. Since there is substantial evidence that Ca(2+)-dependent Cl(-) channels are exclusively localized to the apical membrane of acinar cells, this provides an important electrophysiological verification that a particular membrane has been specifically targeted.

  4. Cosmic distribution of highly ionized metals and their physical conditions in the EAGLE simulations

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    Rahmati, Alireza; Schaye, Joop; Crain, Robert A.; Oppenheimer, Benjamin D.; Schaller, Matthieu; Theuns, Tom

    2016-06-01

    We study the distribution and evolution of highly ionized intergalactic metals in the Evolution and Assembly of Galaxies and their Environment (EAGLE) cosmological, hydrodynamical simulations. EAGLE has been shown to reproduce a wide range of galaxy properties while its subgrid feedback was calibrated without considering gas properties. We compare the predictions for the column density distribution functions (CDDFs) and cosmic densities of Si IV, C IV, N V, O VI and Ne VIII absorbers with observations at redshift z = 0 to ˜6 and find reasonable agreement, although there are some differences. We show that the typical physical densities of the absorbing gas increase with column density and redshift, but decrease with the ionization energy of the absorbing ion. The typical metallicity increases with both column density and time. The fraction of collisionally ionized metal absorbers increases with time and ionization energy. While our results show little sensitivity to the presence or absence of AGN feedback, increasing/decreasing the efficiency of stellar feedback by a factor of 2 substantially decreases/increases the CDDFs and the cosmic densities of the metal ions. We show that the impact of the efficiency of stellar feedback on the CDDFs and cosmic densities is largely due to its effect on the metal production rate. However, the temperatures of the metal absorbers, particularly those of strong O VI, are directly sensitive to the strength of the feedback.

  5. Visible luminescence of lanthanide ions in Ca3Sc2Si3O12 and Ca3Y2Si3O12

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    Fabio Piccinelli; Adolfo Speghini; Gino Mariotto; Laura Bovo; Marco Bettinelli

    2009-01-01

    The crystalline materials Ca3Sc2Si3O12 and Ca3Y2Si3O12 were characterized by different crystal structures,as the former is a cubic garnet,while the latter is an orthorhombic compound.We investigated the optical spectroscopy of these materials doped with several trivalent lanthanide ions and compared the results for the two hosts.Polycrystalline samples were prepared by solid state reaction,both undoped and doped with the trivalent lanthanide ions Eu3+,Tb3+ and Sm3+.Emission,excitation and Raman spectra of these materials were measured at temperatures ranging from 300 to 10 K.The optical spectra were assigned and discussed,and the effects of the crystal structure of the host on the spectroscopic behaviour were addressed.The technological potential of these compounds in the field of optical materials and devices was discussed.

  6. Characterization of charge-exchange collisions between ultracold $\\rm{^6Li}$ atoms and $\\rm{^{40}Ca^+}$ ions

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    Saito, R; Sasakawa, M; Nakai, R; Raoult, M; Silva, H Da; Dulieu, O; Mukaiyama, T

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the energy dependence and the internal-state dependence of the charge-exchange collision cross sections in a mixture of $^6$Li atoms and $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ions in the collision energy range from 0.2 mK to 1 K. Deliberately excited ion micromotion is used to control the collision energy of atoms and ions. The energy dependence of the charge-exchange collision cross section obeys the Langevin model in the temperature range of the current experiment, and the measured magnitude of the cross section is correlated to the internal state of the $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ions. Revealing the relationship between the charge-exchange collision cross sections and the interaction potentials is an important step toward the realization of the full quantum control of the chemical reactions at an ultralow temperature regime.

  7. Ag7+ ion induced modification of morphology, optical and luminescence behaviour of charge compensated CaMoO4 nanophosphor

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    Dutta, S.; Som, S.; Kunti, A. K.; Sharma, S. K.; Kumar, Vijay; Swart, H. C.; Visser, H. G.

    2016-10-01

    The present paper reports on the swift heavy ion (SHI) induced structural, optical and luminescence properties of CaMoO4:Dy3+/K+ nanophosphor synthesized via hydrothermal route. Herein 100 MeV Ag7+ ion beam was used varying fluence from 1 × 1011 to 1 × 1013 ions/cm2. The depth profile of the Ag7+ ions was estimated using SRIM code. XRD and FESEM results revealed the loss of crystallinity and reduction in particle size after SHI irradiations. The XPS technique confirmed the stability of oxidation states of the elements. Reflectance spectra exhibited a red shift in the absorption band, followed by a decrease in band gap. Decrease in the intensity of the photoluminescence peaks without any change in band positions was also obtained after ion irradiation. The thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics were discussed in detail, and the trapping parameter was calculated. The results were compared on the grounds of linear energy transfer of the irradiated ions.

  8. Mapping of second-nearest-neighbor fluoride ions of orthorhombic Gd 3+-Ag + complexes in CaF 2

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    Nakata, R.; Den Hartog, H. W.

    The ENDOR technique is applied to determine the positions of 24 second-nearest-neighbor F - ions around an orthorhombic Gd 3+-Ag + complex in CaF 2 crystals. Experimental ENDOR data of the second-nearest-neighbor F - ions are analyzed by using the usual spin Hamiltonian and a least-squares fitting method. The best fits of the experimental results give superhyperfine (shf) constants and the F - directions ( K, L, M) with respect to the Gd 3+ ion, from which the distance between the second-nearest-neighbor F - ion and the Gd 3+ ion is determined by assuming that the hyperfine interaction is due to the classical dipole-dipole interaction. The displacements of the F - ions are estimated and compared with the theoretical values calculated by Bijvank and den Hartog on the basis of a polarizable point charge model.

  9. Ca-doped LTO using waste eggshells as Ca source to improve the discharge capacity of anode material for lithium-ion battery

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    Setiawan, D.; Subhan, A.; Saptari, S. A.

    2017-07-01

    The necessity of high charge-discharge capacity lithium-ion battery becomes very urgent due to its applications demand. Several researches have been done to meet the demand including Ca doping on Li4Ti5O12 for anode material of lithium-ion batteries. Ca-doped Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) in the form of Li4-xCaxTi5O12 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.075, and 0.1) have been synthesized using simple solid state reaction. The materials preparation involved waste eggshells in the form of CaCO3 as Ca source. The structure and capacity of as-prepared samples were characterized using X-Ray Diffractometer and Cyclic Voltametry. X-Ray Diffractometer characterization revealed that all amount of dopant had entered the lattice structure of LTO successfully. The crystalline sizes were obtained by using Scherrer equation. No significant differences are detected in lattice parameters (˜8.35 Å) and crystalline sizes (˜27 nm) between all samples. Cyclic Voltametry characterization shows that Li4-xCaxTi5O12 (x = 0.05) has highest charge-discharge capacity of 177.14 mAh/g and 181.92 mAh/g, respectively. Redox-potentials of samples show no significant differences with the average of 1.589 V.

  10. Characterizing ligand-gated ion channel receptors with genetically encoded Ca2++ sensors.

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    John G Yamauchi

    Full Text Available We present a cell based system and experimental approach to characterize agonist and antagonist selectivity for ligand-gated ion channels (LGIC by developing sensor cells stably expressing a Ca(2+ permeable LGIC and a genetically encoded Förster (or fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET-based calcium sensor. In particular, we describe separate lines with human α7 and human α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, mouse 5-HT(3A serotonin receptors and a chimera of human α7/mouse 5-HT(3A receptors. Complete concentration-response curves for agonists and Schild plots of antagonists were generated from these sensors and the results validate known pharmacology of the receptors tested. Concentration-response relations can be generated from either the initial rate or maximal amplitudes of FRET-signal. Although assaying at a medium throughput level, this pharmacological fluorescence detection technique employs a clonal line for stability and has versatility for screening laboratory generated congeners as agonists or antagonists on multiple subtypes of ligand-gated ion channels. The clonal sensor lines are also compatible with in vivo usage to measure indirectly receptor activation by endogenous neurotransmitters.

  11. Synthesis of Mesoporous CaCO3 Powder using Natural Limestone as Ca Ion Source with Solution Mixing Method

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    Arifin, Zaenal; Lailiyah, Qudsiyyatul; Zainuri, Mochamad; Darminto

    2017-05-01

    In this study, the CaCO3 powder has successfully been synthesized by mixing CaCl2 derived from natural limestone and Na2CO3 in the same molar ratio. The mixing process of two solutions was performed by employing the molar contents of 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1 M at varying temperatures of 35, 50 and 80°C. The produced CaCO3 microparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). The highest content of vaterite phase of the samples is around 96 wt%, resulted from the process using solution of 0.25 M at 35°C. All the samples prepared show mesoporous solids with pore sizes of 3-4 nm and specific surface area of 81-90 m2/g.

  12. Multisite ion model in concentrated solutions of divalent cations (MgCl2 and CaCl2): osmotic pressure calculations.

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    Saxena, Akansha; García, Angel E

    2015-01-08

    Accurate force field parameters for ions are essential for meaningful simulation studies of proteins and nucleic acids. Currently accepted models of ions, especially for divalent ions, do not necessarily reproduce the right physiological behavior of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) ions. Saxena and Sept (J. Chem. Theor. Comput. 2013, 9, 3538-3542) described a model, called the multisite-ion model, where instead of treating the ions as an isolated sphere, the charge was split into multiple sites with partial charge. This model provided accurate inner shell coordination of the ion with biomolecules and predicted better free energies for proteins and nucleic acids. Here, we expand and refine the multisite model to describe the behavior of divalent ions in concentrated MgCl2 and CaCl2 electrolyte solutions, eliminating the unusual ion-ion pairing and clustering of ions which occurred in the original model. We calibrate and improve the parameters of the multisite model by matching the osmotic pressure of concentrated solutions of MgCl2 to the experimental values and then use these parameters to test the behavior of CaCl2 solutions. We find that the concentrated solutions of both divalent ions exhibit the experimentally observed behavior with correct osmotic pressure, the presence of solvent separated ion pairs instead of direct ion pairs, and no aggregation of ions. The improved multisite model for (Mg(2+) and Ca(2+)) can be used in classical simulations of biomolecules at physiologically relevant salt concentrations.

  13. Borophene as an anode material for Ca, Mg, Na or Li ion storage: A first-principle study

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    Mortazavi, Bohayra; Dianat, Arezoo; Rahaman, Obaidur; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Rabczuk, Timon

    2016-10-01

    Borophene, the boron atom analogue to graphene, being atomic thick have been just recently experimentally fabricated. In this work, we employ first-principles density functional theory calculations to investigate the interaction of Ca, Mg, Na or Li atoms with single-layer and free-standing borophene. We first identified the most stable binding sites and their corresponding binding energies as well and then we gradually increased the ions concentration. Our calculations predict strong binding energies of around 4.03 eV, 2.09 eV, 2.92 eV and 3.28 eV between the borophene substrate and Ca, Mg, Na or Li ions, respectively. We found that the binding energy generally decreases by increasing the ions content. Using the Bader charge analysis, we evaluate the charge transfer between the adatoms and the borophene sheet. Our investigation proposes the borophene as a 2D material with a remarkably high capacity of around 800 mA h/g, 1960 mA h/g, 1380 mA h/g and 1720 mA h/g for Ca, Mg, Na or Li ions storage, respectively. This study can be useful for the possible application of borophene for the rechargeable ion batteries.

  14. Experimental study of highly ionized spectra of titanium

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    YANG Zhihu; DU Shubin; SU Hong; ZHANG Yanping; REN Shouting; ZENG Xiantang

    2004-01-01

    The spectra of highly charged titanium ions produced by the interaction of 120 MeV titanium ions with carbon foil were investigated with the so-called beam-foil technique using the HI-13 tandem accelerator in China Institute of Atomic Energy. Spectral lines emitted from fifty- three excited energy levels were observed in the wavelength range 120-220(A), among which eleven lines were new. Our experimental results show good agreement with the results of laser plasma experiments, and are in reasonable agreement with theoretical calculations.

  15. Ultracold magnetically tunable interactions without radiative charge transfer losses between Ca$^+$, Sr$^+$, Ba$^+$, and Yb$^+$ ions and Cr atoms

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    Tomza, Michał

    2015-01-01

    The Ca$^+$, Sr$^+$, Ba$^+$, and Yb$^+$ ions immersed in an ultracold gas of the Cr atoms are proposed as experimentally feasible heteronuclear systems in which ion-atom interactions at ultralow temperatures can be controlled with magnetically tunable Feshbach resonances without charge transfer and radiative losses. \\textit{Ab initio} techniques are applied to investigate electronic-ground-state properties of the (CaCr)$^+$, (SrCr)$^+$, (BaCr)$^+$, and (YbCr)$^+$ molecular ions. The potential energy curves, permanent electric dipole moments, and static electric dipole polarizabilities are computed. The spin restricted open-shell coupled cluster method restricted to single, double, and noniterative triple excitations, RCCSD(T), and the multireference configuration interaction method restricted to single and double excitations, MRCISD, are employed. The scalar relativistic effects are included within the small-core energy-consistent pseudopotentials. The leading long-range induction and dispersion interaction co...

  16. SEPARATION OF Ca AND Fe METAL ION IN SOURCE WATER BY ADSORPTION COLUMN TECHNIC WITH LOCAL ZEOLITE AND ACTIVE CARBON

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    Suyanta Suyanta

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    Full Text Available This research aims are to separate of Ca and Fe metal ion in source water, with local zeolite and active carbon by adsorption column technic. Efficiency of separation are control by adsorption time and size of zeolite. Method that used was column adsorption with a flow system in which sample is applied to the filtration tube containing zeolite and active carbon. Initial and final concentrations of the samples were analyzed using Atomic Adsorption Spectrophotometer instrument. The results obtained shows that ability adsorption of zeolite to Ca and Fe metal ion are a good. Zeolite 1 (10 mesh can reduce iron concentration until 93.98 % and zeolite 2 (5mesh until 98.88% for 1 – 4 week range time. Whereas reducing of calcium concentration is not good, until 2 week period time adsorption of calcium ion is about 50%.   Keywords: adsorption, zeolite, source water

  17. The Properties and the Evolution of the Highly Ionized Gas in MR2251-178

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    Kaspi, S; George, I M; Nandra, K; Netzer, H; Turner, T J; Chelouche, Doron; George, Ian M.; Kaspi, Shai; Nandra, Kirpal; Netzer, Hagai

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    (abridged) We present the first XMM-Newton observations of the radio-quiet quasar MR2251-178 obtained in 2000 and 2002. The EPIC-pn spectra show a power-law continuum with a slope of 1.6 at high energies absorbed by at least two warm absorbers (WAs) intrinsic to the source. The underlying continuum in the earlier observation shows a soft excess at low X-ray energies which can be modeled as an additional power-law with a slope of 2.9. The high-resolution grating spectrum obtained in 2002 shows emission lines from N VI, O VII, O VIII, Ne IX, and Ne X, as well as absorption lines from the low-ionization ions of O III, O IV, and O V, and other confirmed and suspected weaker absorption lines. We suggest a model for the high-resolution spectrum which consist of two or three WA components. The two-components model has a high-ionization WA with a column density of 10^21.5 - 10^21.8 cm^-2 and a low-ionization absorber with a column density of 10^20.3 cm^-2. In the three-components model we add a lower ionization compo...

  18. Adhesion improvement of carbon-based coatings through a high ionization deposition technique

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    Broitman, E.; Hultman, L.

    2012-06-01

    The deposition of highly adherent carbon nitride (CNx) films using a pretreatment with two high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) power supplies in a master-slave configuration is reviewed. SKF3 (AISI 52100) steel substrates were pretreated in the environment of a high ionized Cr+Ar plasma in order to sputter clean the surface and implant Cr metal ions. CNx films were subsequently deposited at room temperature by DC magnetron sputtering from a high purity C target in a N2/Ar plasma discharge. All processing was done in an industrial-scale CemeCon CC800 coating system. A series of depositions were obtained with samples pretreated at different bias voltages (DC and pulsed). The adhesion of CNx films, evaluated by the Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C test, reaches strength quality HF1. Adhesion results are correlated to high resolution transmission electron microscopy observations confirming the formation of an optimal interfacial mixing layer of Cr and steel. The throwing power increase for HIPIMS coatings is associated to the higher ionization in the plasma discharge.

  19. Laser ablation production of Ba, Ca, Dy, Er, La, Lu, and Yb ions

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    Olmschenk, S

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    We use a pulsed nitrogen laser to produce atomic ions by laser ablation, measuring the relative ion yield for several elements, including some that have only recently been proposed for use in cold trapped ion experiments. For barium, we monitor the ion yield as a function of the number of applied ablation pulses for different substrates. We also investigate the ion production as a function of the pulse energy, and the efficiency of loading an ion trap as a function of radiofrequency voltage.

  20. Spectra of Highly Ionized Sulfur below 200 (A)

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    YANG Zhi-Hu; WANG You-De; MA Xin-Wen; LIU Hui-Ping; SU Hong; ZHANG Yan-Ping; XIAO Guo-Qing

    2004-01-01

    @@ Spectra of carbon-, boron-, beryllium-, lithium-, helium-, and hydrogen-like sulfur ions were obtained and studied for the wavelengths below 200 A and the energy of 80 MeV by using beam-foil method. Thirty-five lines have been identified, in which 15 lines are newly accurately measured. The spectra were analysed based on the theoretical results and other experimental data.

  1. Mg2+ ions reduce microglial and THP-1 cell neurotoxicity by inhibiting Ca2+ entry through purinergic channels.

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    Lee, Moonhee; Jantaratnotai, Nattinee; McGeer, Edith; McLarnon, James G; McGeer, Patrick L

    2011-01-19

    Mg(2+) is a known antagonist of some Ca(2+) ion channels. It may therefore be able to counteract the toxic consequences of excessive Ca(2+) entry into immune-type cells. Here we examined the effects of Mg(2+) on inflammation induced by Ca(2+) influx into microglia and THP-1 cells following activation of purinergic receptors. Using tissue culture, an inflammatory response was induced by treatment with either the P2X7 purinergic receptor agonist 2',3'-[benzoyl-4-benzoyl]-ATP (BzATP) or the P2Y2,4 receptor agonist uridine 5'-triphosphate (UTP). Both microglia and THP-1 cells expressed the mRNAs for these receptors. Treatment produced a rapid rise in intracellular Ca(2+) which was significantly reduced by Mg(2+) or the calcium chelator BAPTA-AM. Purinergic receptor stimulation activated the intracellular inflammatory pathway P38 MAP kinase and NFκB. This caused release of TNFα, IL-6, nitrite ions and other materials that are neurotoxic to SH-SY5Y cells. These effects were all ameliorated by Mg(2+). They were also partly ameliorated by the P2X7R antagonists, oxATP and KN-62, the P2YR antagonist MRS2179, and the store operated Ca(2+) channel blocker, SK96365. These results indicate that elevated Mg(2+) is a broad spectrum inhibitor of Ca(2+) entry into microglia or THP-1 cells. Mg(2+) administration may be a strategy for reducing the damaging consequences Ca(2+) induced neuroinflammation in degenerative neurological disorders such as Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease.

  2. Selective and visual Ca(2+) ion recognition in solution and in a self-assembly organogel of the terpyridine-based derivative triggered by ultrasound.

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    Geng, Lijun; Li, Yajuan; Wang, Zengyao; Wang, Yanqiu; Feng, Guoliang; Pang, Xuelei; Yu, Xudong

    2015-11-07

    A new kind of terpyridine-based Ca(2+) sensor TS was designed and studied based on the internal charge transfer (ICT). In the diluted solution state, TS sensed Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) ions among test ions via an "off-on" approach as seen from fluorescence spectra of test ions. Moreover, TS was able to form stable fluorescent gels in organic solvents accelerated by ultrasound, indicating the ultrasound responsive properties of TS molecules. The S-gel of TS could be successfully used to selectively recognize Ca(2+) through fluorescent emission color and morphological changes, which was different from that of the solution state. It was predicated that the competition between the self-assembly of TS molecules and the host–guest interaction of TS with Ca(2+) or Mg(2+) was responsible for the sensing properties. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example that organogels could selectively sense Ca2+ ions.

  3. A transportable 40Ca+ single-ion clock with $7.7\\times 10^{-17}$ systematic uncertainty

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    Cao, Jian; Shang, Junjuan; Cui, Kaifeng; Yuan, Jinbo; Chao, Sijia; Wang, Shaomao; Shu, Hualin; Huang, Xueren

    2016-01-01

    A transportable optical clock refer to the $4s^2S_{1/2}-3d^2D_{5/2}$ electric quadrupole transition at 729 nm of single $^{40}Ca^+$ trapped in mini Paul trap has been developed. The physical system of $^{40}Ca^+$ optical clock is re-engineered from a bulky and complex setup to an integration of two subsystems: a compact single ion unit including ion trapping and detection modules, and a compact laser unit including laser sources, beam distributor and frequency reference modules. Apart from the electronics, the whole equipment has been constructed within a volume of 0.54 $m^3$. The systematic fractional uncertainty has been evaluated to be $7.7\\times 10^{-17}$, and the Allan deviation fits to be $2.3\\times {10}^{-14}/\\sqrt{\\tau}$ by clock self-comparison with a probe pulse time 20 ms.

  4. SERCA mutant E309Q binds two Ca ions but adopts a catalytically incompetent conformation

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    Clausen, Johannes D.; Bublitz, Maike; Arnou, Bertrand;

    2013-01-01

    The sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) couples ATP hydrolysis to transport of Ca2+. This directed energy transfer requires cross-talk between the two Ca2+ sites and the phosphorylation site over 50 Å distance. We have addressed the mechano-structural basis for this intramolecular...... signal by analysing the structure and the functional properties of SERCA mutant E309Q. Glu309 contributes to Ca2+ coordination at site II, and a consensus has been that E309Q only binds Ca2+ at site I. The crystal structure of E309Q in the presence of Ca2+ and an ATP analogue, however, reveals two...... occupied Ca2+ sites of a non-catalytic Ca2E1 state. Ca2+ is bound with micromolar affinity by both Ca2+ sites in E309Q, but without cooperativity. The Ca2+-bound mutant does phosphorylate from ATP, but at a very low maximal rate. Phosphorylation depends on the correct positioning of the A-domain, requiring...

  5. The Effect of Weak Combined Magnetic Field on Root Gravitropism and a Role of Ca2+ Ions Therein

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    Kordyum, Elizabeth; Bogatina, Nina; Kondrachuk, A.

    At present, magnetic fields of different types are widely used to study gravity sensing in plants. For instance, magnetic levitation of amyloplasts caused by high gradient magnetic field enables us to alter the effective gravity sensed by plant cells. For the first time we showed that a weak combined magnetic field (CMF), that is the sum of collinear permanent and alternating magnetic fields ( 0.5 gauss, 0-100 Hz), changes a cress and pea root positive gravitropic reaction on a negative one. This effect has the form of resonance and occurs at the frequency of cyclotron resonance of calcium ions. What is especially interesting is that under gravistimulation in the CMF, the displacement of amylopasts in the root cap statocytes is directed to the upper wall of a cell, i.e. in the direction opposite to the gravitational vector. The displacement of amyloplasts, which contain the abundance of free Ca2+ ions in the stroma, is accompanied by Ca2+ redistribution in the same direction, and increasing in the cytosol around amyloplasts near ten times in the CMF in comparison with the state magnetic field. Earlier, we also observed the Ca2+ accumulation in the upper site of a root curvature in the elongation zone in the CMF unlike a positive gravitropic reaction. Thus, it should be stressed that a root is bending in the same direction in which amyloplasts are displacing: downwards when gravitropism is positive and upwards when gravitropism is negative. The obtained data confirm the amyloplast statolithic function and give another striking demonstration of a leading role of Ca2+ ions in root gravitropism. But these data bring the question: what forces can promote amyloplast displacement against gravity? The possible explanation of the effect found is discussed. It is based on the ion cyclotron resonance in biosystems proposed by Liboff.. The original approach based on the use of a weak CMF may be helpful for understanding the mechanisms of plant gravisensing

  6. Packing interactions between transmembrane helices alter ion selectivity of the yeast Golgi Ca2+/Mn2+-ATPase PMR1.

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    Mandal, Debjani; Rulli, Samuel J; Rao, Rajini

    2003-09-12

    PMR1 is the yeast secretory pathway pump responsible for high affinity transport of Mn2+ and Ca2+ into the Golgi, where these ions are sequestered and effectively removed from the cytoplasm. Phenotypic growth assays allow for convenient screening of side chains important for Ca2+ and Mn2+ transport. Earlier we demonstrated that mutant Q783A at the cytoplasmic interface of M6 could transport Ca2+, but not Mn2+. Scanning mutagenesis of side chains proximal to residue Gln-783 in membrane helices M2, M4, M5, and M6 revealed additional residues near the cytoplasmic interface, notably Leu-341 (M5), Phe-738 (M5), and Leu-785 (M6) that are sensitive to substitution. Importantly, we obtained evidence for a packing interaction between Val-335 in M4 and Gln-783 in M6 that is critical for Mn2+ transport. Thus, mutant V335G mimics the Mn2+ transport defect of Q783A and mutant V335I can effectively suppress the Mn2+-defective phenotype of Q783A. These changes in ion selectivity were confirmed by cation-dependent ATP hydrolysis using purified enzyme. Other substitutions at these sites are tolerated individually, but not in combination. Exchange of side chains at 335 and 783 also results in ion selectivity defects, suggesting that the packing interaction may be conformation-sensitive. Homology models of M4, M5, and M6 of PMR1 have been generated, based on the structures of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase. The models are supported by data from mutagenesis and reveal that Gln-783 and Val-335 show conformation-sensitive packing at the cytoplasmic interface. We suggest that this region may constitute a gate for access of Mn2+ ions.

  7. Putative resolution of the EEEE selectivity paradox in L-type Ca2+ and bacterial Na+ biological ion channels

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    Kaufman, I. Kh; Luchinsky, D. G.; Gibby, W. A. T.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2016-05-01

    The highly selective permeation of ions through biological ion channels can be described and explained in terms of fluctuational dynamics under the influence of powerful electrostatic forces. Hence valence selectivity, e.g. between Ca2+ and Na+ in calcium and sodium channels, can be described in terms of ionic Coulomb blockade, which gives rise to distinct conduction bands and stop-bands as the fixed negative charge Q f at the selectivity filter of the channel is varied. This picture accounts successfully for a wide range of conduction phenomena in a diversity of ion channels. A disturbing anomaly, however, is that what appears to be the same electrostatic charge and structure (the so-called EEEE motif) seems to select Na+ conduction in bacterial channels but Ca2+ conduction in mammalian channels. As a possible resolution of this paradox it is hypothesised that an additional charged protein residue on the permeation path of the mammalian channel increases |{{Q}f}| by e, thereby altering the selectivity from Na+ to Ca2+. Experiments are proposed that will enable the hypothesis to be tested.

  8. The Effect of the CO32- to Ca2+ Ion activity ratio on calcite precipitation kinetics and Sr2+ partitioning

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    Gebrehiwet Tsigabu A

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A proposed strategy for immobilizing trace metals in the subsurface is to stimulate calcium carbonate precipitation and incorporate contaminants by co-precipitation. Such an approach will require injecting chemical amendments into the subsurface to generate supersaturated conditions that promote mineral precipitation. However, the formation of reactant mixing zones will create gradients in both the saturation state and ion activity ratios (i.e., aCO32-/aCa2+. To better understand the effect of ion activity ratios on CaCO3 precipitation kinetics and Sr2+ co-precipitation, experiments were conducted under constant composition conditions where the supersaturation state (Ω for calcite was held constant at 9.4, but the ion activity ratio (r=aCO32-/aCa2+ was varied between 0.0032 and 4.15. Results Calcite was the only phase observed, by XRD, at the end of the experiments. Precipitation rates increased from 41.3 ± 3.4 μmol m-2 min-1 at r = 0.0315 to a maximum rate of 74.5 ± 4.8 μmol m-2 min-1 at r = 0.306 followed by a decrease to 46.3 ± 9.6 μmol m-2 min-1 at r = 1.822. The trend was simulated using a simple mass transfer model for solute uptake at the calcite surface. However, precipitation rates at fixed saturation states also evolved with time. Precipitation rates accelerated for low r values but slowed for high r values. These trends may be related to changes in effective reactive surface area. The aCO32-/aCa2+ ratios did not affect the distribution coefficient for Sr in calcite (DPSr2+, apart from the indirect effect associated with the established positive correlation between DPSr2+ and calcite precipitation rate. Conclusion At a constant supersaturation state (Ω = 9.4, varying the ion activity ratio affects the calcite precipitation rate. This behavior is not predicted by affinity-based rate models. Furthermore, at the highest ion ratio tested, no precipitation was observed, while at the lowest ion ratio precipitation

  9. The Highly Ionized Circumgalactic Medium is Kinematically Uniform Around Galaxies

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    Nielsen, Nikole M; Muzahid, Sowgat; Churchill, Christopher W; Murphy, Michael T; Charlton, Jane C

    2016-01-01

    The circumgalactic medium (CGM) traced by OVI $\\lambda\\lambda 1031, 1037$ doublet absorption has been found to concentrate along the projected major and minor axes of the host galaxies. This suggests that OVI traces accreting and outflowing gas, respectively, which are key components of the baryon cycle of galaxies. We investigate this further by examining the kinematics of 29 OVI absorbers associated with galaxies at $0.13 < z_{\\rm gal} < 0.66$ as a function of galaxy color, inclination, and azimuthal angle. Each galaxy was imaged with HST and the absorption was detected in COS/HST spectra of nearby ($D<200$ kpc) background quasars. We use the pixel-velocity two-point correlation function to characterize the velocity spread of the absorbers, which is a method used previously for a sample of MgII absorber--galaxy pairs. The absorption velocity spread for OVI is more extended than MgII, which suggests that the two ions trace differing components of the CGM. Also contrary to MgII, the OVI absorption ve...

  10. Energy deposition by heavy ions: additivity of kinetic and potential energy contributions in hillock formation on CaF2.

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    Wang, Y Y; Grygiel, C; Dufour, C; Sun, J R; Wang, Z G; Zhao, Y T; Xiao, G Q; Cheng, R; Zhou, X M; Ren, J R; Liu, S D; Lei, Y; Sun, Y B; Ritter, R; Gruber, E; Cassimi, A; Monnet, I; Bouffard, S; Aumayr, F; Toulemonde, M

    2014-07-18

    Modification of surface and bulk properties of solids by irradiation with ion beams is a widely used technique with many applications in material science. In this study, we show that nano-hillocks on CaF2 crystal surfaces can be formed by individual impact of medium energy (3 and 5 MeV) highly charged ions (Xe(22+) to Xe(30+)) as well as swift (kinetic energies between 12 and 58 MeV) heavy xenon ions. For very slow highly charged ions the appearance of hillocks is known to be linked to a threshold in potential energy (Ep) while for swift heavy ions a minimum electronic energy loss per unit length (Se) is necessary. With our results we bridge the gap between these two extreme cases and demonstrate, that with increasing energy deposition via Se the Ep-threshold for hillock production can be lowered substantially. Surprisingly, both mechanisms of energy deposition in the target surface seem to contribute in an additive way, which can be visualized in a phase diagram. We show that the inelastic thermal spike model, originally developed to describe such material modifications for swift heavy ions, can be extended to the case where both kinetic and potential energies are deposited into the surface.

  11. Update on vascular endothelial Ca2+ signalling: A tale of ion channels, pumps and transporters

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    Moccia, Francesco; Berra-Romani, Roberto; Tanzi, Franco

    2012-01-01

    A monolayer of endothelial cells (ECs) lines the lumen of blood vessels and forms a multifunctional transducing organ that mediates a plethora of cardiovascular processes. The activation of ECs from as state of quiescence is, therefore, regarded among the early events leading to the onset and progression of potentially lethal diseases, such as hypertension, myocardial infarction, brain stroke, and tumor. Intracellular Ca2+ signals have long been know to play a central role in the complex network of signaling pathways regulating the endothelial functions. Notably, recent work has outlined how any change in the pattern of expression of endothelial channels, transporters and pumps involved in the modulation of intracellular Ca2+ levels may dramatically affect whole body homeostasis. Vascular ECs may react to both mechanical and chemical stimuli by generating a variety of intracellular Ca2+ signals, ranging from brief, localized Ca2+ pulses to prolonged Ca2+ oscillations engulfing the whole cytoplasm. The well-defined spatiotemporal profile of the subcellular Ca2+ signals elicited in ECs by specific extracellular inputs depends on the interaction between Ca2+ releasing channels, which are located both on the plasma membrane and in a number of intracellular organelles, and Ca2+ removing systems. The present article aims to summarize both the past and recent literature in the field to provide a clear-cut picture of our current knowledge on the molecular nature and the role played by the components of the Ca2+ machinery in vascular ECs under both physiological and pathological conditions. PMID:22905291

  12. Update on vascular endothelial Ca(2+) signalling: A tale of ion channels, pumps and transporters.

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    Moccia, Francesco; Berra-Romani, Roberto; Tanzi, Franco

    2012-07-26

    A monolayer of endothelial cells (ECs) lines the lumen of blood vessels and forms a multifunctional transducing organ that mediates a plethora of cardiovascular processes. The activation of ECs from as state of quiescence is, therefore, regarded among the early events leading to the onset and progression of potentially lethal diseases, such as hypertension, myocardial infarction, brain stroke, and tumor. Intracellular Ca(2+) signals have long been know to play a central role in the complex network of signaling pathways regulating the endothelial functions. Notably, recent work has outlined how any change in the pattern of expression of endothelial channels, transporters and pumps involved in the modulation of intracellular Ca(2+) levels may dramatically affect whole body homeostasis. Vascular ECs may react to both mechanical and chemical stimuli by generating a variety of intracellular Ca(2+) signals, ranging from brief, localized Ca(2+) pulses to prolonged Ca(2+) oscillations engulfing the whole cytoplasm. The well-defined spatiotemporal profile of the subcellular Ca(2+) signals elicited in ECs by specific extracellular inputs depends on the interaction between Ca(2+) releasing channels, which are located both on the plasma membrane and in a number of intracellular organelles, and Ca(2+) removing systems. The present article aims to summarize both the past and recent literature in the field to provide a clear-cut picture of our current knowledge on the molecular nature and the role played by the components of the Ca(2+) machinery in vascular ECs under both physiological and pathological conditions.

  13. Terbium Ion Doping in Ca3Co4O9: A Step towards High-Performance Thermoelectric Materials

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    Saini, Shrikant; Yaddanapudi, Haritha Sree; Tian, Kun; Yin, Yinong; Magginetti, David; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2017-01-01

    The potential of thermoelectric materials to generate electricity from the waste heat can play a key role in achieving a global sustainable energy future. In order to proceed in this direction, it is essential to have thermoelectric materials that are environmentally friendly and exhibit high figure of merit, ZT. Oxide thermoelectric materials are considered ideal for such applications. High thermoelectric performance has been reported in single crystals of Ca3Co4O9. However, for large scale applications single crystals are not suitable and it is essential to develop high-performance polycrystalline thermoelectric materials. In polycrystalline form, Ca3Co4O9 is known to exhibit much weaker thermoelectric response than in single crystal form. Here, we report the observation of enhanced thermoelectric response in polycrystalline Ca3Co4O9 on doping Tb ions in the material. Polycrystalline Ca3−xTbxCo4O9 (x = 0.0–0.7) samples were prepared by a solid-state reaction technique. Samples were thoroughly characterized using several state of the art techniques including XRD, TEM, SEM and XPS. Temperature dependent Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity measurements were performed. A record ZT of 0.74 at 800 K was observed for Tb doped Ca3Co4O9 which is the highest value observed till date in any polycrystalline sample of this system. PMID:28317853

  14. Fission and quasifission of composite systems with Z =108 -120 : Transition from heavy-ion reactions involving S and Ca to Ti and Ni ions

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    Kozulin, E. M.; Knyazheva, G. N.; Novikov, K. V.; Itkis, I. M.; Itkis, M. G.; Dmitriev, S. N.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.; Bogachev, A. A.; Kozulina, N. I.; Harca, I.; Trzaska, W. H.; Ghosh, T. K.

    2016-11-01

    Background: Suppression of compound nucleus formation in the reactions with heavy ions by a quasifission process in dependence on the reaction entrance channel. Purpose: Investigation of fission and quasifission processes in the reactions 36S,48Ca,48Ti , and 64Ni+238U at energies around the Coulomb barrier. Methods: Mass-energy distributions of fissionlike fragments formed in the reaction 48Ti+238U at energies of 247, 258, and 271 MeV have been measured using the double-arm time-of-flight spectrometer CORSET at the U400 cyclotron of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions and compared with mass-energy distributions for the reactions 36S,48Ca,64Ni+238U . Results: The most probable fragment masses as well as total kinetic energies and their dispersions in dependence on the interaction energies have been investigated for asymmetric and symmetric fragments for the studied reactions. The fusion probabilities have been deduced from the analysis of mass-energy distributions. Conclusion: The estimated fusion probability for the reactions S, Ca, Ti, and Ni ions with actinide nuclei shows that it depends exponentially on the mean fissility parameter of the system. For the reactions with actinide nuclei leading to the formation of superheavy elements the fusion probabilities are of several orders of magnitude higher than in the case of cold fusion reactions.

  15. The Photoluminescence Behaviors of a Novel Reddish Orange Emitting Phosphor CaIn2O4:Sm3+ Codoped with Zn2+ or Al3+ Ions

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    Jing Gou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel reddish orange phosphor CaIn2O4:Sm3+ codoped with Zn2+ or Al3+ ions was prepared by solid state reaction and their luminescence properties were investigated under near ultraviolet excitation. The strategy of Zn2+ or Al3+ ions codoping was used with the aim to improve the luminescence properties of CaIn2O4:Sm3+, but the concrete effects of the two ions is different. The introduction of Zn2+ ions can produce ZnIn' defects that favor charge balance in CaIn2O4:Sm3+ to facilitate its photoluminescence. The effect of Al3+ ions codoping can effectively transfer energy from charge-transfer absorption band to characteristic transition of Sm3+ ions, utilizing more energy from host absorption for the photoluminescence of Sm3+ ions. Based on these mechanisms, the luminescence intensity of CaIn2O4:0.6%Sm3+ was enhanced to 1.59 times and 1.51 times when codoping amount of Zn2+ and Al3+ ions reached 0.6%. However, the chromaticity coordinates of CaIn2O4:0.6%Sm3+ almost did not have any changes after Zn2+ ions or Al3+ ions codoping; those are still located at reddish orange region. The excellent luminescence properties of CaIn2O4:0.6%Sm3+,0.6%Zn2+ and CaIn2O4:0.6%Sm3+,0.6%Al3+ demonstrate that they both have potential application value as new-style reddish orange phosphors on light-emitting diode.

  16. Effect of heat treatment on UV-laser-induced positive ion desorption in CaHPO4.2H2O

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    Kawaguchi, Y.; Dawes, M. L.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    We have investigated KrF excimer-laser-induced positive ion desorption from single-crystal brushite (CaHPO4.2H2O), a model biomineral containing water, and we show the effect of heat treatment on ion desorption. Time-of-flight peaks of Ca+ desorption from the heated-cleaved surface are similar to those from as-cleaved ones, but the ion intensity is 2 to 4 orders of magnitude larger. In addition to Ca+, desorption of CaO+, PO+, and P+ from the heated surface is also strongly enhanced. The heated-cleaved surface shows rough, platelet-like fine structures due to recrystallization. Surface defects created during recrystallization strongly couple with the 5 eV photons and dramatically enhance ion desorption.

  17. Effects of Ce3+, Nd3+, Gd3+, Tb3+ and Lu3+ions on Formation of CaCO3

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    黄健; 许善锦; 卢景芬; 王夔

    2003-01-01

    The effects of lanthanides at various concentrations on CaCO3 crystal growth were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectra (IR), X-ray photoelectric energy spectra (XPS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). It was found that the calcite, a stable form of CaCO3 in thermodynamics, is the predominant species. The research indicates that lanthanide ions (Ln3+) can partly substitute the Ca2+ in the lattice of CaCO3 crystals, and change the crystal characterization and direct the ordinal growth of CaCO3 crystals.

  18. Spectroscopic Observation of Water-Mediated Deformation of the CARBOXYLATE-M2+ (M= Mg, Ca) Contact Ion Pair

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    Kelleher, Patrick J.; DePalma, Joseph W.; Johnson, Mark

    2016-06-01

    The binding of alkaline earth dications to the biologically relevant carboxylate ligand has previously been studied using vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy of the air-water interface, infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy of clusters, and DFT methods. These results suggest the presence of both monodentate and bidentate binding motifs of the M2+ ions to the cayboxyl head groups depending on the extent of solvation. We revisit these systems using vibrational predissociation spectroscopy to measure the gas-phase vibrational spectra of the D2-tagged microhydrated [MgOAc(H2O)n=1-5]+ and [CaOAc(H2O)n=1-6]+ clusters. The spectra show that [MgOAc(H2O)n]+ switches from bidentate to monodentate binding promptly at n = 5, while [CaOAc(H2O)n]+ retains its bidentate attachment such that the sixth water molecule initiates the second solvation shell. The difference in binding behavior between these two divalent metal ions is analyzed in the context of the local acidity of the solvent water molecules and the strength of the metal-carboxylate and metal-water interactions. This cluster study provides insight into the chemical physics underlying the unique and surprising impacts of Mg2+ and Ca2+ on the chemistry mediated by sea spray aerosols. Funding for this work was provided by the NSF's Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment.

  19. Model study of ATP and ADP buffering, transport of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+), and regulation of ion pumps in ventricular myocyte

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    Michailova, A.; McCulloch, A.

    2001-01-01

    We extended the model of the ventricular myocyte by Winslow et al. (Circ. Res 1999, 84:571-586) by incorporating equations for Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) buffering and transport by ATP and ADP and equations for MgATP regulation of ion transporters (Na(+)-K(+) pump, sarcolemmal and sarcoplasmic Ca(2+) pumps). The results indicate that, under normal conditions, Ca(2+) binding by low-affinity ATP and diffusion of CaATP may affect the amplitude and time course of intracellular Ca(2+) signals. The model also suggests that a fall in ATP/ADP ratio significantly reduces sarcoplasmic Ca(2+) content, increases diastolic Ca(2+), lowers systolic Ca(2+), increases Ca(2+) influx through L-type channels, and decreases the efficiency of the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger in extruding Ca(2+) during periodic voltage-clamp stimulation. The analysis suggests that the most important reason for these changes during metabolic inhibition is the down-regulation of the sarcoplasmic Ca(2+)-ATPase pump by reduced diastolic MgATP levels. High Ca(2+) concentrations developed near the membrane might have a greater influence on Mg(2+), ATP, and ADP concentrations than that of the lower Ca(2+) concentrations in the bulk myoplasm. The model predictions are in general agreement with experimental observations measured under normal and pathological conditions.

  20. Synergistic coagulation of GO and secondary adsorption of heavy metal ions on Ca/Al layered double hydroxides.

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    Yao, Wen; Wang, Jian; Wang, Pengyi; Wang, Xiangxue; Yu, Shujun; Zou, Yidong; Hou, Jing; Hayat, Tasawar; Alsaedi, Ahmed; Wang, Xiangke

    2017-10-01

    With the extensive application of graphene oxide (GO), it is noticeable that part of GO is directly/indirectly released into the environment and widespread research indicated that it had adverse influences on human health and ecological balance. In this work, a novel nanobelt-like Ca/Al layered double hydroxides (CA-LDH) was synthesized and applied as efficient coagulant for the removal of GO from aqueous solutions. The results indicated that neutral pH, co-existing cations and higher temperature were beneficial to the coagulation of GO. The sequence of cation effect for promoting of GO coagulation was Ca(2+) > Mg(2+) > K(+) > Na(+), whereas the effect of anions on GO coagulation was PO4(3-) > CO3(2-) > SO4(2-) > Cl(-). Comparing with anions, the cations showed more dominate effect for GO coagulation than anions. Hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interaction were the main coagulation mechanisms for GO coagulation, which were evidenced by FT-IR and XPS analysis. Specifically, for the first time, the reclaimed product of CA-LDH after GO coagulation (CA-LDH + GO) was applied as adsorbents for the secondary application in the removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions. Interestingly, the CA-LDH + GO still had high adsorption capacities, i.e., the maximum adsorption capacities (qmax) for Cu(II), Pb(II), and Cr(VI) were 122.7 mg/g, 221.2 mg/g and 64.4 mg/g, respectively, higher than other similar materials. This paper highlighted the LDH-based nanomaterials are promising materials for the elimination of environmental pollutants and the migration and transformation of carbon nanomaterials in the natural environment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Influence of biocompatible metal ions (Ag, Fe, Y) on the surface chemistry, corrosion behavior and cytocompatibility of Mg-1Ca alloy treated with MEVVA.

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    Liu, Yang; Bian, Dong; Wu, Yuanhao; Li, Nan; Qiu, Kejin; Zheng, Yufeng; Han, Yong

    2015-09-01

    Mg-1Ca samples were implanted with biocompatible alloy ions Ag, Fe and Y respectively with a dose of 2×10(17)ionscm(-2) by metal vapor vacuum arc technique (MEVVA). The surface morphologies and surface chemistry were investigated by SEM, AES and XPS. Surface changes were observed after all three kinds of elemental ion implantation. The results revealed that the modified layer was composed of two sublayers, including an outer oxidized layer with mixture of oxides and an inner implanted layer, after Ag and Fe ion implantation. Y ion implantation induced an Mg/Ca-deficient outer oxidized layer and the distribution of Y along with depth was more homogeneous. Both electrochemical test and immersion test revealed accelerated corrosion rate of Ag-implanted Mg-1Ca and Fe-implanted Mg-1Ca, whereas Y ion implantation showed a short period of protection since enhanced corrosion resistance was obtained by electrochemical test, but accelerated corrosion rate was found by long period immersion test. Indirect cytotoxicity assay indicated good cytocompatibility of Y-implanted Mg-1Ca. Moreover, the corresponding corrosion mechanisms involving implanting ions into magnesium alloys were proposed, which might provide guidance for further application of plasma ion implantation to biodegradable Mg alloys.

  2. Cyclopiazonic Acid Is Complexed to a Divalent Metal Ion When Bound to the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+-ATPase

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    Laursen, Mette; Bublitz, Maike; Moncoq, Karine;

    2009-01-01

    Abstract: We have determined the structure of the sarco(endo) plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) in an E2.P-i-like form stabilized as a complex with MgF42-, an ATP analog, adenosine 5'-(beta,gamma-methylene) triphosphate (AMPPCP), and cyclopiazonic acid (CPA). The structure determined at 2.......5 angstrom resolution leads to a significantly revised model of CPA binding when compared with earlier reports. It shows that a divalent metal ion is required for CPA binding through coordination of the tetramic acid moiety at a characteristic kink of the M1 helix found in all P-type ATPase structures, which...... is expected to be part of the cytoplasmic cation access pathway. Our model is consistent with the biochemical data on CPA function and provides new measures in structure-based drug design targeting Ca2+-ATPases, e. g. from pathogens. We also present an extended structural basis of ATP modulation pinpointing...

  3. [EFfect of quinazolone-alkyl-carboxylic acid derivatives on the transmembrane Ca2+ ion flux mediated by AMPA receptors].

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    Szárics, Eva; LaszTóczi, Bálint; Nyikos, Lajos; Barabás, Péter; Kovács, Ilona; Skuban, Nina; Nagy, Péter I; Kökösi, József; Takácsné, Novák Krisztina; Kardos, Julianna

    2002-01-01

    The excitatory neurotransmitter, Glu, plays a crucial role in many sensory and motor functions as well as in brain development, learning and memory and it is also involved in the pathogenesis of a number of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Therefore, the study of Glu receptors (GluRs) is of therapeutical importance. We showed here by fluorescence monitoring of transmembrane Ca2+ ion fluxes in response to (S)-alpha-amino-3-hidroxi-5-metil-4-izoxazol propionic acid ((S)-AMPA) on the time scale of 0.00004-10 s that Ca2+ ion influx proceeds through faster and slower desensitizing receptors. Pharmacological isolation of the slower and faster desensitizing AMPA receptor was possible by fluorescence monitoring of Ca2+ ion translocation in response to (S)-AMPA in the presence and absence of various 2-methyl-4-oxo-3H-quinazoline-3-alkyl-carboxilic acid derivatives (Qxs): the acetic acid Q1 inhibits the slower desensitizing receptor response specifically, while the acetyl-piperidine Q5 is a more potent inhibitor of the faster desensitizing receptor response. In addition, spontaneous interictal activity, as induced by high [K+] conditions in hippocampal slices, was reduced significantly by Q5, suggesting a possible anticonvulsant property of Q5. Substitutions of Qxs into the GluR2 S1S2 binding core were consistent with their effect by causing variable degree of S1S2 bridging interaction as one of the main determinants of AMPA receptor agonist activity. The exploitation of differences between similar receptors will be important in the development and use of drugs with high pharmacological specificity.

  4. Cyclopiazonic Acid Is Complexed to a Divalent Metal Ion When Bound to the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+-ATPase

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    Laursen, Mette; Bublitz, Maike; Moncoq, Karine

    2009-01-01

    .5 angstrom resolution leads to a significantly revised model of CPA binding when compared with earlier reports. It shows that a divalent metal ion is required for CPA binding through coordination of the tetramic acid moiety at a characteristic kink of the M1 helix found in all P-type ATPase structures, which...... is expected to be part of the cytoplasmic cation access pathway. Our model is consistent with the biochemical data on CPA function and provides new measures in structure-based drug design targeting Ca2+-ATPases, e. g. from pathogens. We also present an extended structural basis of ATP modulation pinpointing...

  5. Effects of 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene and Mercury Ion Stress on Ca2+ Fluxion and Protein Phosphorylation in Rice

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    Cai-lin GE

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The effects of 5 mg/L 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (TCB and 0.1 mmol/L mercury ion (Hg2+ stresses on Ca2+ fluxion and protein phosphorylation in rice seedlings were investigated by isotope exchange kinetics and in vitro phosphorylation assay. The Ca2+ absorption in rice leaves and Ca2+ transportation from roots to leaves were promoted significantly in response to Hg2+ and TCB treatments for 4-48 h. The Ca2+ absorption peaks presented in the leaves when the rice seedlings were exposed to Hg2+ for 8-12 h or to TCB for 12-24 h. Several Ca2+ absorption peaks presented in the roots during rice seedlings being exposed to Hg2+ and TCB, and the first Ca2+ absorption peak was at 8 h after being exposed to Hg2+ and TCB. The result of isotope exchange kinetic analysis confirmed that short-term (8 h Hg2+ and TCB stresses caused Ca2+ channels or pumps located on plasmalemma to open transiently. The phosphorylation assay showed that short-term TCB stress enhanced protein phosphorylation in rice roots (TCB treatment for 4-8 h and leaves (TCB treatment for 4-24 h, and short-term (4-8 h Hg2+ stress also enhanced protein phosphorylation in rice leaves. The enhancement of protein phosphorylation in both roots and leaves corresponded with the first Ca2+ absorption peak, which confirmed that the enhancement of protein phosphorylation caused by TCB or Hg2+ stress might be partly triggered by the increases of cytosolic calcium. TCB treatment over 12 h inhibited protein phosphorylation in rice roots, which might be partly due to that TCB stress suppressed the protein kinase activity. Whereas, Hg2+ treatment inhibited protein phosphorylation in rice roots, and Hg2+ treatment over 12 h inhibited protein phosphorylation in rice leaves. This might be attributed to that not only the protein kinase activity, but also the expressions of phosphorylation proteins were restrained by Hg2+ stress.

  6. Effects of 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene and Mercury Ion Stress on Ca2+ Fluxion and Protein Phosphorylation in Rice

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    GE Cai-lin; WANG Ze-gang; WAN Ding-zhen; DING Yan; WANG Yu-long; SHANG Qi; LUO Shi-shi; MA Fei

    2007-01-01

    The effects of 5 mg/L 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (TCB) and 0.1 mmol/L mercury ion (Hg2+) stresses on Ca2+ fluxion and protein phosphorylation in rice seedlings were investigated by isotope exchange kinetics and in vitro phosphorylation assay. The Ca2+ absorption in rice leaves and Ca2+ transportation from roots to leaves were promoted significantly in response to Hg2+ and TCB treatments for 4-48 h. The Ca2+ absorption peaks presented in the leaves when the rice seedlings were exposed to Hg2+ for 8-12 h or to TCB for 12-24 h. Several Ca2+ absorption peaks presented in the roots during rice seedlings being exposed to Hg2+ and TCB, and the first Ca2+ absorption peak was at 8 h after being exposed to Hg2+ and TCB.The result of isotope exchange kinetic analysis confirmed that short-term (8 h) Hg2+ and TCB stresses caused Ca2+ channels or pumps located on plasmalemma to open transiently. The phosphorylation assay showed that short-term TCB stress enhanced protein phosphorylation in rice roots (TCB treatment for 4-8 h) and leaves (TCB treatment for 4-24 h), and short-term (4-8 h) Hg2+ stress also enhanced protein phosphorylation in rice leaves. The enhancement of protein phosphorylation in both roots and leaves corresponded with the first Ca2+ absorption peak, which confirmed that the enhancement of protein phosphorylation caused by TCB or Hg2+ stress might be partly triggered by the increases of cytosolic calcium. TCB treatment over 12 h inhibited protein phosphorylation in rice roots, which might be partly due to that TCB stress suppressed the protein kinase activity. Whereas, Hg2+ treatment inhibited protein phosphorylation in rice roots, and Hg2+treatment over 12 h inhibited protein phosphorylation in rice leaves. This might be attributed to that not only the protein kinase activity, but also the expressions of phosphorylation proteins were restrained by Hg2+ stress.

  7. Dark-resonance Doppler cooling and high fluorescence in trapped Ca-43 ions at intermediate magnetic field

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    Allcock, D T C; Sepiol, M A; Janacek, H A; Ballance, C J; Steane, A M; Lucas, D M; Stacey, D N

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate simple and robust methods for Doppler cooling and obtaining high fluorescence from trapped 43Ca+ ions at a magnetic field of 146 Gauss. This field gives access to a magnetic-field-independent "atomic clock" qubit transition within the ground level hyperfine structure of the ion, but also causes the complex internal structure of the 64 states relevant to Doppler cooling to be spread over many times the atomic transition line-width. Using a time-dependent optical Bloch equation simulation of the system we develop a simple scheme to Doppler-cool the ion on a two-photon dark resonance, which is robust to typical experimental variations in laser intensities, detunings and polarizations. We experimentally demonstrate cooling to a temperature of 0.3 mK, slightly below the Doppler limit for the corresponding two-level system, and then use Raman sideband laser cooling to cool further to the ground states of the ion's radial motional modes. These methods will enable two-qubit entangling gates with this i...

  8. Calcium in pollen-pistil interaction in `Petunia hybrida Hor`. Pt. 1. Localization of Ca{sup 2+} ions in mature pollen grain using pyroantimonate and autoradiographic methods

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    Bednarska, E.; Butowt, R. [Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun (Poland)

    1994-12-31

    The localization of Ca{sup 2+} in the mature pollen grain and the flow of these ions the somatic tissues of the anther to the pollen grains has been studied using pyroantimonate and autoradiographic methods. In the pollen grain, Ca{sup 2+} ions have been localized in the sporoderm in the cytoplasmic vesicles of probably dictyosomal origin. Calcium ions were transported into the sporoderm together with the compounds of degenerating tapetum. The material of degenerating tapetum forms pollen coat surrounding the mature pollen grains. (author). 18 refs, 9 figs.

  9. Regulation of 2,4-epibrassinolide on mineral nutrient uptake and ion distribution in Ca(NO3)2 stressed cucumber plants.

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    Yuan, Lingyun; Zhu, Shidong; Shu, Sheng; Sun, Jin; Guo, Shirong

    2015-09-01

    2,4-Epibrassinolide (EBL) is a plant hormone that plays a pivotal role in regulation of plants growth and development processes under abiotic stress. The investigation was carried out to study the effect of EBL on mineral nutrients uptake and distribution with ion element analysis and X-ray microanalysis in cucumber seedlings (Cucumis sativus L. cv. Jinyou No.4) under 80 mM Ca(NO3)2 stress. Our study found EBL significantly alleviated the inhibitory of P, K, Na, Mg, Fe, Mn, or Cl uptake in shoot or root by Ca(NO3)2 stress. Under Ca(NO3)2 stress, X-ray microanalysis showed that high levels of Ca by EBL treatment accumulated in the epidermal cells of root and gradually decreased from epidermal cells to stellar parenchyma. K(+) levels were restored in different cross section of roots and high K(+) level mostly accumulated in stellar parenchyma. The results of Ca(2+) ultra-structural localization showed Ca(2+) particles of antimonite precipitate by EBL were partly decreased in mesophyll and root cells, and Ca(2+) precipitate distributed in intercellular spaces again. Increased Ca(2+)-ATPase activity and ATP content by EBL were also contributed to extrude excess Ca(2+) from the cytoplasm. These results suggested that EBL could alleviate the ion damage from excess Ca(2+) through regulating mineral nutrients uptake and distribution. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  10. Enhancement of the mechanoluminescence properties on Ca2MgSi2O7:Dy3+ phosphor by co-doping of charge compensator ions

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    Sahu, Ishwar Prasad

    2016-08-01

    In the present article, effect of charge compensator ions (R+ = Li+, Na+ and K+) on dysprosium-doped di-calcium magnesium di-silicate (Ca2MgSi2O7:Dy3+) phosphors were investigated. The Ca2MgSi2O7:Dy3+ and Ca2MgSi2O7:Dy3+, R+ phosphors, were prepared by solid-state reaction method. The crystal structures of sintered phosphors were an akermanite-type structure which belongs to the tetragonal crystallography. The peaks of mechanoluminescence (ML) intensity were increased linearly with increasing impact velocity of the moving piston. Thus, present investigation indicates that the piezoelectricity was responsible to produce ML in prepared phosphors. The time of the peak ML intensity and the decay rate did not change significantly with respect to increasing impact velocity. Addition of charge compensator ions enhances the luminescence intensity of prepared Ca2MgSi2O7:Dy3+ phosphors, because they neutralize the charge generated by Dy3+ substitution for Ca2+ ions. The role of Li+ ions among all charge compensator ions (Na+ or K+) used was found to be most effective for enhanced Dy3+ ion emission. These ML materials can be used in the devices such as stress sensor, fracture sensor, impact sensor, damage sensors, safety management monitoring system and fuse system for army warheads.

  11. Investigation of structural and optical properties of CaTiO{sub 3} powders doped with Mg{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} ions

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    Oliveira, Larissa H., E-mail: larissahelena2009@gmail.com [Institute of Chemistry, State University of São Paulo, 14800-900, Araraquara, São Paulo (Brazil); Savioli, Julia [Department of Chemistry, Federal University of São Carlos, 13565-905, São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil); Moura, Ana P. de [Institute of Chemistry, State University of São Paulo, 14800-900, Araraquara, São Paulo (Brazil); Nogueira, Içamira C. [Department of Chemistry, Federal University of São Carlos, 13565-905, São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil); Li, Maximo S. [Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, P.O. Box, 13566-590, São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil); Longo, Elson; Varela, José A. [Institute of Chemistry, State University of São Paulo, 14800-900, Araraquara, São Paulo (Brazil); Rosa, Ieda L.V. [Department of Chemistry, Federal University of São Carlos, 13565-905, São Carlos, São Paulo (Brazil)

    2015-10-25

    In this work, CaTiO{sub 3} powders doped with Mg{sup 2+} ions and CaTiO{sub 3} powders co-doped with Mg{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} ions were prepared by the polymeric precursor method (PPM). These powders were characterized by different characterization techniques to study the influence of Mg{sup 2+} doping as well as Mg{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} co-doping in structural and optical properties of CaTiO{sub 3} perovskite-type structure. The Rietveld refinement and Micro-Raman analyses suggested the substitution Mg{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} ions in the A-site of CaTiO{sub 3} perovskite. The influence of Mg{sup 2+} doping can be detected by the displacement of calcium and oxygen atomic positions when compared to the non-doped CaTiO{sub 3} powder. When Eu{sup 3+} ions are added to the A-site of this perovskite the excess of positive charge can be compensated by the formation of calcium vacancies. Luminescence data showed that Ca{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}TiO{sub 3} and Ca{sub 1x}Mg{sub x/2}Eu{sub 2y/3}TiO{sub 3} powders are potential materials for fabrication of lighting devices based on near-UV and blue LED using an excitation wavelength of 397 and/or 450 nm. - Highlights: • CaTiO{sub 3} co-doped with Mg{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} were obtained by the Polymeric Precursor Method. • Incorporation of Mg{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} ions in the CaTiO{sub 3} lattice. • Enhancement of the Eu{sup 3+} photoluminescence.

  12. Synthesis and luminescence enhancement of CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} yellow phosphor by codoping Al{sup 3+}/B{sup 3+} ions

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    Cao, Renping, E-mail: jxcrp@163.com; Fu, Ting; Xu, Haidong; Luo, Wenjie; Peng, Dedong; Chen, Zhiquan; Fu, Jingwei

    2016-07-25

    CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} and CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+}, Al{sup 3+}/B{sup 3+} phosphors are synthesized by solid-state reaction method in air. With excitation 272 and 320 nm, broad PL band peaking at 555 nm with full width at half maximum ∼200 nm is observed in the range of 400–800 nm due to the {sup 3}P{sub 1,0} → {sup 1}S{sub 0} transitions of Bi{sup 3+} ion. PLE spectrum monitored at 555 nm contains two PLE band peaking at ∼272 and 320 nm within the range 230–420 nm owing to metal-to-metal charge-transfer and {sup 1}S{sub 0} → {sup 3}P{sub 1} transition of Bi{sup 3+} ion, respectively. The optimal Bi{sup 3+} doping concentration in CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor is about 0.5 mol%. Luminescence properties of CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor may be improved obviously by co-doping Al{sup 3+}/B{sup 3+} ions, and its emission intensity can be enhanced 13–15 times after Al{sup 3+} ion is co-doped. Luminous mechanism of CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor is analyzed by energy level diagram of Bi{sup 3+} ion. Decay curve and time-resolved spectra confirm that only a single type of Bi{sup 3+} luminescence center exists in CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor. - Graphical abstract: PL spectra of CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} and CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+}, Al{sup 3+}/B{sup 3+} phosphors and the corresponding pictures under 365 nm UV lamp. - Highlights: • CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} and CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+}, Al{sup 3+}/B{sup 3+} phosphors are synthesized by solid-state reaction in air. • Broadband emission with FWHM ∼200 nm is observed within the range 400–800 nm. • Luminescence properties of CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor can be improved by codoping Al{sup 3+}/B{sup 3+} ions. • PL intensity of CaTiO{sub 3}:Bi{sup 3+} phosphor can be enhanced 13–15 times after Al{sup 3+} ion is codoped.

  13. LiCaFeF6: A zero-strain cathode material for use in Li-ion batteries

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    de Biasi, Lea; Lieser, Georg; Dräger, Christoph; Indris, Sylvio; Rana, Jatinkumar; Schumacher, Gerhard; Mönig, Reiner; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Binder, Joachim R.; Geßwein, Holger

    2017-09-01

    A new zero-strain LiCaFeF6 cathode material for reversible insertion and extraction of lithium ions is presented. LiCaFeF6 is synthesized by a solid-state reaction and processed to a conductive electrode composite via high-energy ball-milling. In the first cycle, a discharge capacity of 112 mAh g-1 is achieved in the voltage range from 2.0 V to 4.5 V. The electrochemically active redox couple is Fe3+/Fe2+ as confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The compound has a trigonal colquiriite-type crystal structure (space group P 3 bar 1 c). By means of in situ and ex situ XRD as well as X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy a reversible response to Li uptake/release is found. For an uptake of 0.8 mol Li per formula unit only minimal changes occur in the lattice parameters causing a total change in unit cell volume of less than 0.5%. The spatial distribution of cations in the crystal structure as well as the linkage between their corresponding fluorine octahedra is responsible for this very small structural response. With its zero-strain behaviour this material is expected to exhibit only negligible mechanical degradation. It may be used as a cathode material in future lithium-ion batteries with strongly improved safety and cycle life.

  14. 反渗透系统中Zn2+对CaCO3结垢的阻滞%Inhibition of CaCO3 Scaling in Reverse Osmosis System by Zinc Ion

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    杨庆峰

    2006-01-01

    Scaling of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane surface is one of the main problems in desalination processes. To mitigate scales, organic anti-sealants are often used. If the dosages of anti-scalants are reduced, by using other much cheaper scale inhibitors, RO running cost will decrease greatly. The present paper investigated the inhibition of CaCO3 precipitation by zinc ions in RO system. The results show that the zinc ion concentration of 2mg. L-1 was able to exert a marked suppression effect on both bulk precipitation of CaCO3 and on membrane scaling on waters of moderate hardness.

  15. Apparent Mobilities of Na+,K+ and Ca2+ Ions in Variable Charge Soil Colloid Systems

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    LICHENG-BAO

    1992-01-01

    In this paper a simple method for determination of the apparent mobility of cation in a soil colloid system was described.With this method apparent mobilities of Na+,K+,and Ca2+ ions in the systems of the ferric luvisol,acrisol,and ferralsol were determined,and the reduction percentages of the mobilities were calculated.The results showed that the apparent mobilities of different cations at the same normalitey in a given soil system were in the order UNa>UK>UCa;those of the same cations among different soil systems were in the order ferralsol> acrisol> ferric luvisol,but the reduction percentages were in a reverse order,which among different cations at the same normality was Ca2+>K+>Na+ for ferric luvisol and acrisol systems,but was K+>Ca2+>Na+ for farralsol system.These results were interpreted in terms of different amounts of negative charge the clay fraction of different soils carries,and different mechanisms by which the soils adsorb the cations.

  16. High performance Prussian Blue cathode for nonaqueous Ca-ion intercalation battery

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    Kuperman, Neal; Padigi, Prasanna; Goncher, Gary; Evans, David; Thiebes, Joseph; Solanki, Raj

    2017-02-01

    Potassium iron hexacyanoferrate, or Prussian blue (PB), is investigated as a cathode material for nonaqueous divalent calcium ion batteries. PB is an attractive prospect due to its high specific capacity, nontoxicity, low cost, and simple synthesis. Charge/discharge performances are examined at current densities of 23 mAg-1, 45 mAg-1, 90 mAg-1, and 125 mAg-1 that produced reversible specific capacities ranging from 150 mAhg-1 (at 23 mAg-1 current density) to over 120 mAhg-1 (at 125 mAg-1 current density). These are the highest storage capacities to date for a divalent calcium ion cathode over extended period of charge/discharge cycling and are comparable in performance to monovalent intercalating ions.

  17. All Ca(2+)-binding loops of light-sensitive ctenophore photoprotein berovin bind magnesium ions: The spatial structure of Mg(2+)-loaded apo-berovin.

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    Burakova, Ludmila P; Natashin, Pavel V; Malikova, Natalia P; Niu, Fengfeng; Pu, Mengchen; Vysotski, Eugene S; Liu, Zhi-Jie

    2016-01-01

    Light-sensitive photoprotein berovin accounts for a bright bioluminescence of ctenophore Beroe abyssicola. Berovin is functionally identical to the well-studied Ca(2+)-regulated photoproteins of jellyfish, however in contrast to those it is extremely sensitive to the visible light. Berovin contains three EF-hand Ca(2+)-binding sites and consequently belongs to a large family of the EF-hand Ca(2+)-binding proteins. Here we report the spatial structure of apo-berovin with bound Mg(2+) determined at 1.75Å. The magnesium ion is found in each functional EF-hand loop of a photoprotein and coordinated by oxygen atoms donated by the side-chain groups of aspartate, carbonyl groups of the peptide backbone, or hydroxyl group of serine with characteristic oxygen-Mg(2+) distances. As oxygen supplied by the side-chain of the twelfth residue of all Ca(2+)-binding loops participates in the magnesium ion coordination, it was suggested that Ca(2+)-binding loops of berovin belong to the mixed Ca(2+)/Mg(2+) rather than Ca(2+)-specific type. In addition, we report an effect of physiological concentration of Mg(2+) on bioluminescence of berovin (sensitivity to Ca(2+), rapid-mixed kinetics, light-sensitivity, thermostability, and apo-berovin conversion into active protein). The different impact of physiological concentration of Mg(2+) on berovin bioluminescence as compared to hydromedusan photoproteins was attributed to different affinities of the Ca(2+)-binding sites of these photoproteins to Mg(2+).

  18. Pulsed laser positive ion desorption from a model hydrated inorganic crystal (CaHPO 4·2H 2O) at 248 nm

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    Dawes, M. L.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    1998-05-01

    We examine the laser-induced positive ion emission of a typical, wide band gap, hydrated inorganic single crystal, CaHPO 4·2H 2O (brushite), at 248 nm (KrF excimer) in vacuum. As-grown brushite is quite resistant to laser damage and yields little ion emission at fluences below 1 J/cm 2. In the presence of surface damage by abrasion or heating-induced transformations, intense laser-induced ion emission appears at lower fluences. The ion energy and fluence dependence are consistent with a defect mediated, multiple photon emission mechanism. In particular, the transport of hydrated Ca + to the surface, followed by adsorption at anion defects (and removal of water by evaporation), can provide an ideal environment for ion emission. The implications with regard to the UV laser ablation of hydrated environmental and biological minerals are discussed.

  19. Demonstration of Regenerable, Large-Scale Ion Exchange System Using WBA Resin in Rialto, CA

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    2008-03-05

    Calibration Check Standard CDPH – California Department of Public Health CSTR – Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor DOD – Department of Defense...groundwater with high concentrations of perchlorate (>500 ppb), may be more economically treated using a CSTR anoxic biodegradation process. A full-scale ion

  20. KINETICS OF YTTERBIUM ION EXTRACTION BY CA-12 AT THE LIQUID-LIQUID INTERFACE

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    2000-01-01

    IntroductionExtractants of the carboxylic acid type, althoughnot as widely used as their organophosphoruscounterparts, have found some application in thehydrometallursical processing of base metals. Forexample, they have been employed in the separationo f copper from nickel and cobalt, the removal ofimpurities from cobalt electrolytes, the sepndion ofyttrium and the rare-each metals, the co-eXtraction ofcobalt and nickel, and the recovery of gallium andindiumll].CA-12(see-octylphenoxy acetic acid) is a newe...

  1. Update on vascular endothelial Ca2+ signalling: A tale of ion channels, pumps and transporters

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    Moccia, Francesco; Berra-Romani, Roberto; Tanzi, Franco

    2012-01-01

    A monolayer of endothelial cells (ECs) lines the lumen of blood vessels and forms a multifunctional transducing organ that mediates a plethora of cardiovascular processes. The activation of ECs from as state of quiescence is, therefore, regarded among the early events leading to the onset and progression of potentially lethal diseases, such as hypertension, myocardial infarction, brain stroke, and tumor. Intracellular Ca2+ signals have long been know to play a central role in the complex netw...

  2. A global evaluation of temperature and carbonate ion control on Mg/Ca ratios of ostracoda genus Krithe

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    Elmore, A. C.; Sosdian, S.; Rosenthal, Y.; Wright, J. D.

    2012-09-01

    Improving estimates of past ocean temperatures is paramount to our understanding of ocean circulation and its role in climate change. Magnesium/calcium (Mg/Ca) ratios of carapaces of the benthic ostracod genus Krithe were determined from new, globally distributed core top samples from the Norwegian Sea, Cape Hatteras shelf, Gulf of Mexico, Sulawesi Margin (Indonesia), New Zealand shelf, Ceara Rise, and the North Atlantic. A linear regression of the Krithe Mg/Ca ratios and bottom water temperature (BWT) reveals a significant correlation for locations where temperature during carapace calcification was above ˜3°C, which can be described by the equation Mg/Ca = (0.972 ± 0.152) * BWT + (7.948 ± 1.103) consistent with previous North Atlantic calibrations. Deviations from the global calibration line below ˜3°C follow the same pattern observed for benthic foraminifera, suggesting that the incorporation of magnesium into ostracodal calcite may be secondarily controlled by changes in carbonate ion concentration. Therefore, we propose a linear regression that describes the relationship between magnesium incorporation, temperature, and carbonate saturation for low temperatures (<3°C) Mg/Ca = (0.972 ± 0.152) * BWT + (0.100 ± 0.030) * Δ[CO32-]) + (4.440 ± 1.103) (1 SE = ± 0.3°C). While the standard error of the calibration is small, it requires an accurate knowledge of past Δ[CO32-] concentration, which necessitates additional proxy data. Applying the calibration to glacial samples from the deep North Atlantic Ocean we show that estimates of bottom water temperatures generated from the new Δ[CO32-]- corrected equations are more consistent with results from oxygen isotopes and pore water studies.

  3. Punta Pitt Stable Isotope and Ion Data (delta 18O, delta 13C, Cd/Ca, Mn/Ca) for 1936 to 1982.5

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — File contains data presented by Shen et al. (1992a). Table includes d18O, d13C, Cd/Ca, Mn/Ca, and Ba/Ca data from a 2m coral head and, for comparison, SST records...

  4. Fluxes of microbes, organic aerosols, dust, sea-salt Na ions, non-sea-salt Ca ions, and methanesulfonate onto Greenland and Antarctic ice

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    P. B. Price

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Using a spectrofluorimeter with 224-nm laser excitation and six emission bands from 300 to 420 nm to measure fluorescence intensities at 0.3-mm depth intervals in ice cores, we report results of the first comparative study of concentrations of microbial cells (using the spectrum of protein-bound tryptophan (Trp as a proxy and of aerosols with autofluorescence spectra different from Trp (denoted "non-Trp" as a function of depth in ice cores from West Antarctica (WAIS Divide and Siple Dome and Greenland (GISP2. The ratio of fluxes of microbial cells onto West Antarctic (WAIS Divide versus Greenland sites is 0.13±0.06; the ratio of non-Trp aerosols onto WAIS Divide versus Greenland sites is 0.16±0.08; and the ratio of non-sea-salt Ca2+ ions (a proxy for dust grains onto WAIS Divide versus Greenland sites is 0.06±0.03. All of these are roughly comparable to the ratio of fluxes of dust onto Antarctic versus Greenland sites (0.08±0.05. By contrast to those values, which are considerably lower than unity, the ratio of fluxes of methanesulfonate (MSA onto Antarctic versus Greenland sites is 1.9±0.4 and the ratio of sea-salt Na2+ ions onto WAIS Divide versus Greenland sites is 3.0±2. These ratios are more than an order of magnitude higher than those in the first grouping. We infer that the correlation of microbes and non-Trp aerosols with non-sea-salt Ca and dust suggests a largely terrestrial rather than marine origin. The lower fluxes of microbes, non-Trp aerosols, non-sea-salt Ca and dust onto WAIS Divide ice than onto Greenland ice may be due to the smaller areas of their source regions and less favorable wind patterns for transport onto Antarctic ice than onto Greenland ice. The correlated higher relative fluxes of MSA and marine Na onto Antarctic versus Greenland ice is consistent with the view that both originate largely on or around sea ice, with the Antarctic sea ice being far more extensive than that around Greenland.

  5. Electromagnetic behavior of radar absorbing materials based on Ca hexaferrite modified with Co-Ti ions and doped with La

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    Valdirene Aparecida da Silva

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Radar Absorbing Materials (RAM are compounds that absorb incidental electromagnetic radiation in tuned frequencies and dissipate it as heat. Its preparation involves the adequate processing of polymeric matrices filled with compounds that act as radar absorbing centers in the microwave range. This work shows the electromagnetic evaluation of RAM based on CoTi and La doped Ca hexaferrite. Vibrating Sample Magnetization analyses show that ion substitution promoted low values for the parameters of saturation magnetization (123.65 Am2/kg and coercive field (0.07 T indicating ferrite softening. RAM samples obtained using different hexaferrite concentrations (40-80 per cent, w/w show variations in complex permeability and permittivity parameters and also in the performance of incidental radiation attenuation. Microwave attenuation values between 40 and 98 per cent were obtained.

  6. K-shell Photoionization of Na-like to Cl-like Ions of Mg, Si, S, Ar, and Ca

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    Witthoeft, M. C.; Garcia, J.; Kallman, T. R.; Bautista, M. A.; Mendoza, C.; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.

    2010-01-01

    We present R-matrix calculations of photoabsorption and photoionization cross sections across the K edge of Mg, Si, S, Ar, and Ca ions with more than 10 electrons. The calculations include the effects of radiative and Auger damping by means of an optical potential. The wave functions are constructed from single-electron. orbital bases obtained using a Thomas-Fermi-Dirac statistical model potential. Configuration interaction is considered among all states up to n = 3. The damping processes affect the resonances converging to the K-thresholds causing them to display symmetric profiles of constant width that smear the otherwise sharp edge at the photoionization threshold. These data are important for the modeling of features found in photoionized plasmas.

  7. Microbial Fluid-Rock Interactions in Chalk Samples and Salinity Factor in Divalent Ca2+ ions Release for Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Purposes

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    Jimoh, Ismaila Adetunji; Rudyk, Svetlana Nikolayevna; Søgaard, Erik Gydesen

    2011-01-01

    In this study, laboratory experiments were performed on chalk samples from Danish sector of the North Sea to study microbial fluid-rock interactions with carbonate rock and to evaluate the dissolution of rock matrix (CaCO3). Result showed that the average concentration of Ca2+ ions after microbial...... fluid interactions with chalk samples in media of salinity 40-100g/l increased from initial average concentration of 203 mg/l at the start of the experiment to 1178 mg/l in 28 days. 3-D surface plot (salinity, Ca2+, pH) with time revealed delineation of the measured salinity into two groups...

  8. PIK3CA and TP53 gene mutations in human breast cancer tumors frequently detected by ion torrent DNA sequencing.

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    Xusheng Bai

    Full Text Available Breast cancer is the most common malignancy and the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. While specific genetic mutations have been linked to 5-10% of breast cancer cases, other environmental and epigenetic factors influence the development and progression of the cancer. Since unique mutations patterns have been observed in individual cancer samples, identification and characterization of the distinctive breast cancer molecular profile is needed to develop more effective target therapies. Until recently, identifying genetic cancer mutations via personalized DNA sequencing was impractical and expensive. The recent technological advancements in next-generation DNA sequencing, such as the semiconductor-based Ion Torrent sequencing platform, has made DNA sequencing cost and time effective with more reliable results. Using the Ion Torrent Ampliseq Cancer Panel, we sequenced 737 loci from 45 cancer-related genes to identify genetic mutations in 105 human breast cancer samples. The sequencing analysis revealed missense mutations in PIK3CA, and TP53 genes in the breast cancer samples of various histologic types. Thus, this study demonstrates the necessity of sequencing individual human cancers in order to develop personalized drugs or combination therapies to effectively target individual, breast cancer-specific mutations.

  9. Dampening of hyperexcitability in CA1 pyramidal neurons by polyunsaturated fatty acids acting on voltage-gated ion channels.

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    Jenny Tigerholm

    Full Text Available A ketogenic diet is an alternative treatment of epilepsy in infants. The diet, rich in fat and low in carbohydrates, elevates the level of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs in plasma. These substances have therefore been suggested to contribute to the anticonvulsive effect of the diet. PUFAs modulate the properties of a range of ion channels, including K and Na channels, and it has been hypothesized that these changes may be part of a mechanistic explanation of the ketogenic diet. Using computational modelling, we here study how experimentally observed PUFA-induced changes of ion channel activity affect neuronal excitability in CA1, in particular responses to synaptic input of high synchronicity. The PUFA effects were studied in two pathological models of cellular hyperexcitability associated with epileptogenesis. We found that experimentally derived PUFA modulation of the A-type K (K(A channel, but not the delayed-rectifier K channel, restored healthy excitability by selectively reducing the response to inputs of high synchronicity. We also found that PUFA modulation of the transient Na channel was effective in this respect if the channel's steady-state inactivation was selectively affected. Furthermore, PUFA-induced hyperpolarization of the resting membrane potential was an effective approach to prevent hyperexcitability. When the combined effect of PUFA on the K(A channel, the Na channel, and the resting membrane potential, was simulated, a lower concentration of PUFA was needed to restore healthy excitability. We therefore propose that one explanation of the beneficial effect of PUFAs lies in its simultaneous action on a range of ion-channel targets. Furthermore, this work suggests that a pharmacological cocktail acting on the voltage dependence of the Na-channel inactivation, the voltage dependences of K(A channels, and the resting potential can be an effective treatment of epilepsy.

  10. Phase diagram for nanostructuring CaF(2) surfaces by slow highly charged ions.

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    El-Said, A S; Wilhelm, R A; Heller, R; Facsko, S; Lemell, C; Wachter, G; Burgdörfer, J; Ritter, R; Aumayr, F

    2012-09-14

    The impact of individual slow highly charged ions (HCI) on alkaline earth halide and alkali halide surfaces creates nano-scale surface modifications. For different materials and impact energies a wide variety of topographic alterations have been observed, ranging from regularly shaped pits to nanohillocks. We present experimental evidence for the creation of thermodynamically stable defect agglomerations initially hidden after irradiation but becoming visible as pits upon subsequent etching. A well defined threshold separating regions with and without etch-pit formation is found as a function of potential and kinetic energies of the projectile. Combining this novel type of surface defects with the previously identified hillock formation, a phase diagram for HCI induced surface restructuring emerges. The simulation of the energy deposition by the HCI in the crystal provides insight into the early stages of the dynamics of the surface modification and its dependence on the kinetic and potential energies.

  11. First high-voltage measurements using Ca{sup +} ions at the ALIVE experiment

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    König, K., E-mail: kkoenig@ikp.tu-darmstadt.de [Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Kernphysik (Germany); Geppert, Ch. [Universität Mainz, Institut für Kernchemie (Germany); Krämer, J.; Maaß, B. [Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Kernphysik (Germany); Otten, E. W. [Universität Mainz, Institut für Physik (Germany); Ratajczyk, T.; Nörtershäuser, W. [Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)

    2017-11-15

    Many physics experiments depend on accurate high-voltage measurements to determine for example the exact retardation potential of an electron spectrometer as in the KATRIN experiment or the acceleration voltage of the ions at ISOL facilities. Until now only precision high-voltage dividers can be used to measure voltages up to 65 kV with an accuracy of 1 ppm. However, these dividers need frequent calibration and cross-checking and the direct traceability is not given. In this article we will describe the status of an experiment which aims to measure high voltages using collinear laser spectroscopy and which has the potential to provide a high-voltage standard and hence, a calibration source for precision high-voltage dividers on the 1 ppm level.

  12. The effect of composition on ion release from Ca-Sr-Na-Zn-Si glass bone grafts.

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    Murphy, S; Boyd, D; Moane, S; Bennett, M

    2009-11-01

    Controlled delivery of active ions from biomaterials has become critical in bone regeneration. Some silica-based materials, in particular bioactive glasses, have received much attention due to the ability of their dissolution products to promote cell proliferation, cell differentiation and activate gene expression. However, many of these materials offer little therapeutic potential for diseased tissue. Incorporating trace elements, such as zinc and strontium, known to have beneficial and therapeutic effects on bone may provide a more viable bone graft option for those suffering from metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Rational compositional design may also allow for controlled release of these active ions at desirable dose levels in order to enhance therapeutic efficacy. In this study, six differing compositions of calcium-strontium-sodium-zinc-silicate (Ca-Sr-Na-Zn-Si) glass bone grafts were immersed in pH 7.4 and pH 3 solutions to study the effect of glass composition on zinc and strontium release in a normal and extreme physiological environment. The zinc release levels over 30 days for all zinc-containing glasses in the pH 7.4 solution were 3.0-7.65 ppm. In the more acidic pH 3 environment, the zinc levels were higher (89-750 ppm) than those reported to be beneficial and may produce cytotoxic or negative effects on bone tissue. Strontium levels released from all examined glasses in both pH environments similarly fell within apparent beneficial ranges--7.5-3500 ppm. Glass compositions with identical SrO content but lower ZnO:Na(2)O ratios, showed higher levels of Sr(2+) release. Whereas, zinc release from zinc-containing glasses appeared related to ZnO compositional content. Sustainable strontium and zinc release was seen in the pH 7.4 environment up to day 7. These results indicate that the examined Ca-Sr-Na-Zn-Si glass compositions show good potential as therapeutic bone grafts, and that the graft composition can be tailored to allow therapeutic

  13. Magic wavelengths of Ca+ ion for linearly and circularly polarized light

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    Jiang, Jun; Jiang, Li; Wang, Xia; Shaw, Peter; Zhang, Deng-Hong; Xie, Lu-You; Dong, Chen Zhong

    2017-07-01

    The dynamic dipole polarizabilities of the low-lying states of Ca$^{+}$ for linearly and circularly polarized light are calculated by using relativistic configuration interaction plus core polarization (RCICP) approach. The magic wavelengths, at which the two levels of the transitions have the same ac Stark shifts, for $4s$-$4p_{j,m}$ and $4s$-$3d_{j,m}$ magnetic sublevels transitions are determined. The present magic wavelengths for linearly polarized light agree with the available results excellently. The polarizability for the circularly polarized light has the scalar, vector and tensor components. The dynamic polarizability is different for each of magnetic sublevels of the atomic state. Additional magic wavelengths have been found for the circularly polarized light. We recommend that the measurement of the magic wavelength near 850 nm for $4s-4p_{\\frac32,m=\\pm\\frac32,\\pm\\frac12}$ could be able to determine the oscillator strength ratio of $f_{4p_{\\frac32} \\to 3d_{\\frac32}}$ and $f_{4p_{\\frac32} \\to 3d_{\\frac52}}$.

  14. Role of Ca ions in the induction of heat-resistance of wheat coleoptiles by brassinosteroids

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    Yu. E. Kolupaev

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The involvement of Ca2+ into the signal transduction of exogenous brassinosteroids (BS (24-epibrassinolide – 24-EBL and 24-epicastasterone – 24 ECS causing the increase of heat resistance of the cells of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. coleoptiles was investigated using calcium chelator EGTA and inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C – neomycin. Twenty-four-hour treatment of coleoptile segments with 10 nM solutions of 24-EBL and 24-ECS led to a transient increase in the generation of superoxide anion radical by cell surface and the subsequent activation of superoxide dismutase and catalase. Pretreatment of coleoptiles with EGTA and neomycin depressed to a considerable extent these effects and leveled the increase in heat resistance of wheat coleoptiles that were caused by BS. Possible mechanisms of involvement of calcium signaling into the formation of reactive oxygen species in plant cells and induction of heat resistance of plant cells by the action of exogenous BS have been discussed.

  15. Localization of pectins and Ca2+ ions in unpollinated and pollinated wet (Petunia hybrida Hort. and dry (Haemanthus albiflos L. stigma.

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    Elzbieta Bednarska

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The subcellular localization of Ca2+ ions as well as esterified and deesterified pectins in unpollinated and pollinated wet (Petunia hybrida and dry (Haemanthus albiflos stigma was analyzed. Stigmas with different surfaces were found to differ in Ca2+ and pectin localization. In a wet Petunia hybrida stigma, Ca2+ ions were present in the exudate occurring in the intercellular spaces of secretory tissue before pollination. The exudate of an unpollinated stigma was the site of the localization of large amounts of deesterified pectins. Stigma penetration by pollen tubes induced the lysis of this category of pectins. The epidermal cells walls of the dry Haemanthus albiflos stigma before pollination lacked free and loosely bound Ca2+ ions. Pollination induced an accumulation of these ions in the apoplast of the stigma epidermal cells. In cells walls of an unpollinated stigma, mainly esterified pectins were present. Their deesterification took place after pollination at the site of pollen grain adhesion and then at the site of pollen tube growth. These results have shown that wet and dry stigmas differ in pectin metabolism and in the mechanism of forming a calcium environment at the site of pollen grain germination.

  16. Highly ionized disc and transient outflows in the Seyfert galaxy IRAS 18325-5926

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    Iwasawa, K.; Fabian, A. C.; Kara, E.; Reynolds, C. S.; Miniutti, G.; Tombesi, F.

    2016-08-01

    We report on strong X-ray variability and the Fe K-band spectrum of the Seyfert galaxy IRAS 18325-5926 obtained from the 2001 XMM-Newton EPIC pn observation with a duration of ~120 ks. While the X-ray source is highly variable, the 8-10 keV band shows larger variability than that of the lower energies. Amplified 8-10 keV flux variations are associated with two prominent flares of the X-ray source during the observation. The Fe K emission is peaked at 6.6 keV with moderate broadening. It is likely to originate from a highly ionized disc with an ionization parameter of log ξ ≃ 3. The Fe K line flux responds to the main flare, which supports its disc origin. A short burst of the Fe line flux has no relation to the continuum brightness, for which we have no clear explanation. We also find transient, blueshifted Fe K absorption features that can be identified with high-velocity (~0.2c) outflows of highly ionized gas, as found in other active galaxies. The deepest absorption feature appears only briefly (~1 h) at the onset of the main flare and disappears when the flare declines. The rapid evolution of the absorption spectrum makes this source peculiar among the active galaxies with high-velocity outflows. Another detection of the absorption feature also precedes the other flare. The variability of the absorption feature partly accounts for the excess variability in the 8-10 keV band where the absorption feature appears. Although no reverberation measurement is available, the black hole mass of ~2 × 106M⊙ is inferred from the X-ray variability. When this mass is assumed, the black hole is accreting at around the Eddington limit, which may fit the highly ionized disc and strong outflows observed in this galaxy.

  17. Transmission electron microscopy study of focused ion beam damage in small intrinsic Josephson junctions of single crystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O y

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    Kakizaki, Yoshihiro; Koyama, Junpei; Yamaguchi, Ayami; Umegai, Shunpei; Ayukawa, Shin-ya; Kitano, Haruhisa

    2017-04-01

    We report a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study on the damage produced by the focused ion beam (FIB) etching for small Bi2Sr2CaCu2O y (Bi2212) intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs). The selected area diffraction patterns of TEM images demonstrate that the FIB damage causes the formation of an amorphous layer. The thickness of FIB damage is at least 30 nm for the Ga+ ion beam emitted at 50 pA and 30 kV, independent of the incident direction of the Ga+ ion beam. We also confirmed that the damage or the redeposition due to the FIB etching was effectively removed by the additional irradiation of Ar ions after the FIB etching. This suggests the advantage of the combinatorial method of the FIB and Ar-ion etchings in the successful fabrication of small and high-quality IJJs.

  18. SYNTHESIS OF Ca_(1+x)Mn_xO_(1+3x)(x=1, 2, 3) COMPOUNDS WITH THE RUDDLESDEN-POPPER STRUCTURES AND EXTRACTION OF THEIR INTERLAYER Ca~(2+) IONS%具有Ruddlesden-Popper结构的Ca_(1+x)Mn_xO_(1+3x)(x=1,2,3)的合成及层间Ca~(2+)的抽出

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    林双妹; 黄侦勇; 孙妍; 王晓蓉; 汤睿昆; 马淑兰; 杨晓晶

    2009-01-01

    采用溶胶凝胶法合成前驱体,然后在氧气气氛下加热合成了具有层状钙钛矿Ruddlesden-Popper结构的化合物Ca_(1+x)Mn_xO_(1+3x)(x=1,2,3),尝试采用酸溶液对其层间Ca~(2+)离子进行抽出.实验发现HCl处理单层Ca_2MnO_4,层状结构遭到破坏;而用(NH_4)_2S_2O_8与HCl的混合溶液处理则能维持其层状结构,且Ca~(2+)离子抽出率大于60%,其抽出机制为氧化还原和离子交换.用HCl能够抽出双层Ca_3Mn_2O_7的层间Ca~(2+),并保持较好的结构.%Ca_(1+x)Mn_xO_(1+3x)(x=1, 2, 3) compounds with a layered perovskite Ruddlesden-Popper structures were synthesized. First a precursor was prepared by a sol-gel process, this was followed by heating in an oxygen atmosphere. Extraction of Ca~(2+) ions in the interlayer was carried out by acid treatment. Mono-layered Ca_2MnO_4 after going through a HC1 solution had the layered structure demolished; whereas going through a mixed solution of (NH_4)_2S_2O_8 and HCl had the Ca~(2+) ions extracted at a rate larger than 60% whilst retaining the layered structure, through redox reaction and ion-exchange. HCl solution can extract interlayer Ca~(2+) ions from bilayered Ca_3Mn_2O_7 without disrupting the layered structure.

  19. Grotrian diagrams for highly ionized molybdenum Mo VI through Mo XLII

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    Shirai, Toshizo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Sugar, J.; Wiese, W.L.

    1997-07-01

    Grotrian diagrams are presented to provide graphical overviews for 1,930 spectral lines of highly ionized molybdenum, Mo VI through Mo XLII. In the usual diagram display such as that by Bashkin and Stoner (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1975), the density of transitions is often too high to allow each transition to be drawn separately. Here in our modified diagrams, the transitions are also represented by lines connecting the upper and lower energy levels, but the lower energy levels are extended and repeated for successive configurations as needed. As a sequence, dense packing is avoided and all lines in a multiplet can be accommodated. (author)

  20. Dynamic interactions of an intracellular Ca2+ clock and membrane ion channel clock underlie robust initiation and regulation of cardiac pacemaker function.

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    Maltsev, Victor A; Lakatta, Edward G

    2008-01-15

    For almost half a century it has been thought that the initiation of each heartbeat is driven by surface membrane voltage-gated ion channels (M clocks) within sinoatrial nodal cells. It has also been assumed that pacemaker cell automaticity is initiated at the maximum diastolic potential (MDP). Recent experimental evidence based on confocal cell imaging and supported by numerical modelling, however, shows that initiation of cardiac impulse is a more complex phenomenon and involves yet another clock that resides under the sarcolemma. This clock is the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR): it generates spontaneous, but precisely timed, rhythmic, submembrane, local Ca(2+) releases (LCR) that appear not at the MDP but during the late, diastolic depolarization (DD). The Ca(2+) clock and M clock dynamically interact, defining a novel paradigm of robust cardiac pacemaker function and regulation. Rhythmic LCRs during the late DD activate inward Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger currents and ignite action potentials, which in turn induceCa(2+) transients and SR depletions, resetting the Ca(2+) clock. Both basal and reserve protein kinaseA-dependent phosphorylation of Ca(2+) cycling proteins control the speed and amplitude of SR Ca(2+) cycling to regulate the beating rate by strongly coupled Ca(2+) and M clocks.

  1. Formation of slab waveguides in eulytine type BGO and CaF{sub 2} crystals by implantation of MeV nitrogen ions

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    Banyasz, I., E-mail: bakonyjako@yahoo.es [Department of Crystal Physics, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Berneschi, S. [Centro Studi e Ricerche ' Enrico Fermi' , Piazza del Viminale 2, 00184 Roma (Italy); MDF-Lab, ' ' Nello Carrara' ' Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Khanh, N.Q.; Lohner, T. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Lengyel, K. [Department of Crystal Physics, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Fried, M. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Peter, A. [Department of Crystal Physics, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Petrik, P.; Zolnai, Z. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Watterich, A. [Department of Crystal Physics, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Nunzi-Conti, G.; Pelli, S.; Righini, G.C. [MDF-Lab, ' ' Nello Carrara' ' Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

    2012-09-01

    Ion implantation, compared with other waveguide fabrication methods, has some unique advantages. It has proved to be a universal technique for producing waveguides in most optical materials. The authors of the present article reported fabrication of channel and slab waveguides in an Erbium-doped tungsten tellurite glass by implantation of MeV energy N{sup +} ions. The present article reports successful adaptation of the same technique to the fabrication of slab waveguides in eulytine type bismuth germanate (BGO) and CaF{sub 2} crystals. This is the first report on successful waveguide fabrication in these materials using 3.5 MeV N{sup +} ions at implanted fluences between 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} and 4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. Spectroscopic ellipsometric measurements revealed the existence of guiding structures in both materials. M-line spectroscopic measurements indicated guiding effect in the as-implanted BGO up to 1550 nm and up to 980 nm in the as-implanted CaF{sub 2}. Ion implantation induced the appearance of three peaks in the UV/Vis absorption spectrum of CaF{sub 2}, that can be attributed to colour centres.

  2. Synthesis, characterization of core-shell carbon-coated CaSnO3 nanotubes and their performance as anode of lithium ion battery

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    Hu, Xiaoyan; Xiao, Ting; Huang, Wei; Tao, Wei; Heng, Bojun; Chen, Xinqi; Tang, Yiwen

    2012-06-01

    In this paper, we design a strategy to obtain core-shell carbon-coated CaSnO3 nanotubes (hereafter C-CTO NTs) directly via a facile subsequent solvothermal synthesis using CaSn(OH)6 nanotubes as precursor in a mixed ethanol and water solvent. The mixed solvent not only facilitates the phase transformation of CaSnO3 from CaSn(OH)6 to take place quickly, but also retains the tube-shaped morphology. The uniform decoration of C shell on the surface of CaSnO3 nanotubes (hereafter CTO NTs) was confirmed by EELS (electron energy loss spectroscopy). Moreover we found that the uniform carbon-coating layer on the surface of CTO NTs played roles of a good conductor and a structure buffer to alleviate the strains from the volume variation of CTO NTs cores. So the core-shell structure possesses both the electroactivity of C and the advantages of nanotube structure. When used as an anode for Li ion battery, it shows enhanced cycling performance in term of cycling stability over bare CTO NT electrode and CaSnO3 nanocube (hereafter CTO NC) electrode. To our best knowledge, this is the first attempt to use C-CTO NTs as an anode in Li ion battery.

  3. CaMac1, a Candida albicans Copper Ion-sensing Transcription Factor, Pro- motes Filamentous and Invasive Growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Guang-Hua HUANG; Xin-Yi NIE; Jiang-Ye CHEN

    2006-01-01

    Molecular mechanisms of morphogenesis share many common components between Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The Kssl-associated MAPK cascade and the cAMP/PKA pathway are two important signal transduction pathways that control morphogenesis in S. cerevisiae. A C. albicans copper ion-sensing transcription factor gene, CaMAC1, was cloned from C. albicans SC5314. Ectopic expression of CaMAC1 in S. cerevisiae promoted filamentous and invasive growth. In diploid cells, CaMacl could suppress the filamentous growth defect of mutants in the Kss 1-associated MAPK pathway and the cAMP/PKA pathway. In haploid strains, ectopic expression of CaMAC1 suppressed the invasive growth defect of mutants in the MAPK pathway (ste7, stel2 and tecl), but failed to suppress the invasive growth defect of thefio8 mutant. Our results suggest that the activation of CaMacl is independent of the MAPK and cAMP/PKA pathways in filament formation, but requires Flo8 factor for invasive growth. In the media containing a high concentration of CuSO4, the yeast filamentous and invasive growth was blocked. The activating effect of CaMacl is inhibited by copper ions.

  4. Highly ionized disc and transient outflows in the Seyfert galaxy IRAS 18325-5926

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    Iwasawa, K; Kara, E; Reynolds, C S; Miniutti, G; Tombesi, F

    2016-01-01

    We report on strong X-ray variability and the Fe K band spectrum of the Seyfert galaxy IRAS 18325-5926 obtained from the 2001 XMM-Newton EPIC pn observation of a 120 ks duration. While the X-ray source is highly variable, the 8-10 keV band shows larger variability than that of the lower energies. Amplified 8-10 keV flux variations are associated with two prominent flares of the X-ray source during the observation. The Fe K emission is peaked at 6.6 keV with moderate broadening. It is likely to originate from a highly ionized disc with the ionization parameter of log xi ~3. The Fe K line flux responds to the major flare, supporting its disc origin. There is a short burst of the Fe line flux with no relation to the continuum brightness for which we have no clear explanation. We also find transient, blueshifted Fe K absorption features, which can be identified with high-velocity (~0.2 c) outflows of highly ionized gas, as found in other active galaxies. The deepest absorption feature appears only briefly (~1 hr)...

  5. The Curious Case of Glass I: High Ionization and Variability of Different Types

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    Kruger, Andrew J; Carr, John S; Najita, Joan R; Moerchen, Margaret M; Doppmann, Greg W; Seifahrt, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    Our Spitzer IRS observation of the infrared companion Glass Ib revealed fine structure emission with high ionization ([NeIII]/[NeII]=2.1 and [SIV]/[SIII]=0.6) that indicates the gas is likely illuminated by hard radiation. While models suggest extreme ultraviolet radiation could be present in T Tauri stars (Hollenbach & Gorti 2009 and references therein), this is the first detection of [SIV] and such a high [NeIII]/[NeII] ratio in a young star. We also find that Glass Ib displays the molecules HCN, CO2, and H2O in emission. Here we investigate the Glass I binary system and consider possible mechanisms that may have caused the high ionization, whether from an outflow or disk irradiation. We also model the spectral energy distributions of Glass Ia and Ib to test if the system is a young member of the Chameleon I star-forming region, and consider other possible classifications for the system. We find Glass Ib is highly variable, showing changes in continuum strength and emission features at optical, near-inf...

  6. HPMC-based gastroretentive dual working matrices coated with Ca(+2) ion crosslinked alginate-fenugreek gum gel membrane.

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    Bera, Hriday; Gaini, Chakravarthy; Kumar, Sanoj; Sarkar, Srimanta; Boddupalli, Shashank; Ippagunta, Sohitha Reddy

    2016-10-01

    Novel alginate-fenugreek gum (FG) gel membrane coated hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) based matrix tablets were developed for intragastric quetiapine fumarate (QF) delivery by combining floating and swelling mechanisms. The effects of polymer blend ratios [HPMC K4M:HPMC E15] and citric acid contents on time taken for 50% drug release (t50%, min) and drug release at 8h (Q8h, %) were studied to optimize the core tablets by 3(2) factorial design. The optimized tablets (F-O) exhibited t50% of 247.67±3.51min and Q8h of 71.11±0.32% with minimum errors in prediction. The optimized tablets were coated with Ca(+2) ions crosslinked alginate-FG gel membrane by diffusion-controlled interfacial complexation technique. The biopolymeric-coated optimized matrices exhibited superior buoyancy, preferred swelling characteristics and slower drug release rate. The drug release profiles of the QF-loaded uncoated and coated optimized matrices were best fitted in Korsmeyer-Peppas model with anomalous diffusion driven mechanism. The uncoated and coated tablets containing QF were also characterized for drug-excipients compatibility, thermal behaviour and surface morphology by FTIR, DSC and SEM analyses, respectively. Thus, the newly developed alginate-FG gel membrane coated HPMC matrices are appropriate for intragastric delivery of QF over a prolonged period of time with greater therapeutic benefits.

  7. Influence of the Ca/Si ratio of the C–S–H phase on the interaction with sulfate ions and its impact on the ettringite crystallization pressure

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    Kunther, Wolfgang [Instrument Centre for Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Lothenbach, Barbara [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Laboratory for Concrete/Construction Chemistry, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Skibsted, Jørgen, E-mail: jskib@chem.au.dk [Instrument Centre for Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark)

    2015-03-15

    The effect of the Ca/Si ratio of the calcium–silicate–hydrate (C–S–H) phase on the interaction with sulfate ions is investigated for C–S–H phases (Ca/Si = 0.83, 1.25, 1.50) and mortar samples of blended Portland cements. It is shown that leaching of calcium from C–S–H and portlandite affects the composition of the pore solution and contributes to the developing crystallization pressure of ettringite. Sulfate profiles show that sulfate binding before cracking is similar for different Ca/Si ratios whereas the highest expansion rates are observed for the mortars with the highest Ca/Si ratios. After leaching in sulfate solutions, the C–S–H samples have been characterized by {sup 29}Si MAS NMR, thermogravimetric analysis, and elemental solution analysis. Generally, the exposure to sulfate solutions results in decalcification of the C–S–H, which increases with decreasing Ca/Si ratio. The data are in good agreement with thermodynamic modeling, indicating that equilibrium is almost achieved in the leached systems. Finally, the expansion of mortar samples exposed to sulfate solutions was much less at lower Ca/Si ratios of the cement blends. This reduced expansion can be related to the decrease of the supersaturation of the pore solution with respect to ettringite at lower Ca/Si ratios of the C–S–H and in the absence of portlandite.

  8. Preliminary observation of self-reduction of Eu ions in α-Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors prepared in air condition

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    Tong, Chao [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zhu, Yangguang; Xu, Chuanyan [Suzhou Biomaterials and Advanced Manufacture Engineering Technology Research Center, Suzhou Dingan Technology Co., Ltd, Suzhou 215200 (China); Li, Yadong, E-mail: liyadong@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2016-11-01

    A series of Eu doped α-Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors were synthesized by a high-temperature solid-state reaction in air atmosphere. The crystal structures, photoluminescence properties of the phosphors were systematically studied. The emission spectra showed a broad emission band centered at 492 nm attributed to the typical 4f{sup 6}5d{sup 1}→4f{sup 7} transition of Eu{sup 2+}ions, and several sharp peaks from 560 to 750 nm attributed to the 5D{sub 0}→7F{sub J}(J=0,1,2,3,4) transition of Eu{sup 3+}ions. The results, combined with the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements, demonstrate self-reduction of Eu{sup 3+}to Eu{sup 2+}occurred in α-Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} matrix for the first time. This suggested that the Eu{sup 2+}ions in α-Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}could serve as a spectroscopic probe to detect the content of α-Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}in phase transition process.

  9. Preliminary observation of self-reduction of Eu ions in α-Ca3(PO4)2 phosphors prepared in air condition

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    Tong, Chao; Zhu, Yangguang; Xu, Chuanyan; Li, Yadong

    2016-11-01

    A series of Eu doped α-Ca3(PO4)2 phosphors were synthesized by a high-temperature solid-state reaction in air atmosphere. The crystal structures, photoluminescence properties of the phosphors were systematically studied. The emission spectra showed a broad emission band centered at 492 nm attributed to the typical 4f65d1→4f7 transition of Eu2+ions, and several sharp peaks from 560 to 750 nm attributed to the 5D0→7FJ(J=0,1,2,3,4) transition of Eu3+ions. The results, combined with the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements, demonstrate self-reduction of Eu3+to Eu2+occurred in α-Ca3(PO4)2 matrix for the first time. This suggested that the Eu2+ions in α-Ca3(PO4)2could serve as a spectroscopic probe to detect the content of α-Ca3(PO4)2in phase transition process.

  10. Role of Ca{sup 2+} ions uncompensated with isovalent ions in the formation of magnetic properties in (YSmLuCa){sub 3}(FeGe){sub 5}O{sub 12}, (YYbBi){sub 3}(FeGa){sub 5}O{sub 12} and (YBi){sub 3}(FeGa){sub 5}O{sub 12} epitaxial films

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    Kostishyn, V.G. E-mail: kostishyn@ngi.ru; Letyuk, L.M

    2003-01-01

    The role of excess (parasitic) Ca{sup 2+} ions in the formation of defects and magnetic properties of (YSmLuCa){sub 3}(FeGe){sub 5}O{sub 12}, (YYbBi){sub 3}(FeGa){sub 5}O{sub 12} and (YBi){sub 3}(FeGa){sub 5}O{sub 12} magnetic garnet films has been studied. We show that Ca{sup 2+} ions that have not been compensated intentionally are compensated in the first-composition films by oxygen vacancies, and in the second- and third-composition films by Fe{sup 4+} ions. Neutral oxygen vacancies increase the coercive force in the films and cause a specific pattern of the hysteresis loops in the first-composition films. In the third-composition films the enormous coercive force is induced by stresses.

  11. VUV spectroscopy of nominally pure and rare-earth ions doped LiCaAIF6 single crystals as promising materials for 157 nm photolithography

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    Cefalas, Alkiviadis C.; Sarantopoulou, Evangelia; Kollia, Z.; Abdulsabirov, R. Y.; Korableva, S. L.; Naumov, A. K.; Semashko, V. V.; Kobe, S.; McGuiness, P. J.

    2002-07-01

    Recently it was found that birefringence is induced in CaF2 crystals when they are illuminated with laser light at 157 nm. Taking into consideration that CaF2 is the only optical material used in 157 nm photolithography today, the possibility to use new wide band gap fluoride crystals as optical elements for 157 nm photolithography, even those of non-cubic symmetry, should be considered. Additionally fluoride dielectric crystals with wide band gaps doped with trivalent rare-earth (RE) ions can be used as passive or active optical elements int eh VUV. For doped crystals, applications depend on the structure of the energy level pattern of the 4fn-15d electronic configuration and RE ion concentration. In this work we are exploiting the use of wide band gap fluoride dielectric crystals doped with RE ions. The laser induced fluorescence spectrum at 157 nm, and the absorption spectra of the LiCaAlF6 crystals, pure and doped with RE ions, were investigated in the VUV region of the spectrum. A new m4tehod for monitoring RE concentration in wide band gap fluoride crystals, that is based on vibrating sample magnetometer measurement is presented as well.

  12. Magnetic States of the Co-ions in Ca and Y Doped (Bi,Pb2Sr2Co2O8 Thermoelectric Materials

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    Inge M. Sutjahja

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The magnetic states of Cobalt ions in magnetic thermoelectric materials of Bi1.5Pb0.5Ca2-zYzCo2O8 (z = 0, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 have been studied from the structural (X-ray diffraction and magnetic susceptibility data. The misfit structure was revealed from refinement of the XRD data, with reduction of the lattice parameters while increasing the Y doping content. Compared with the (Bi,Pb2Sr2Co2O8 parent compound system, the lattice parameter c was reduced significantly, while the misfit degree remained almost the same. The analysis of the magnetic data shows that the Cobalt ions are coupled antiferromagnetically within the CoO2 layers, with the existence of mixed valence states between Co3+ and Co4+ ions. Besides that, the effective magnetic moments of Cobalt ions are almost constant along the Y doping content. Assuming the orbital quenching as commonly found in most transition metal ions, the data are best fitted by taking the low-spin state of Co3+ ions and intermediate spin state of Co4+ ions. We argue qualitatively, that the spin-state transition across the gap are induced by the shrinkage of the charge transfer energy gaps between O 2p and Co levels due to reduction of the ionic spaces between Co and O ions.

  13. Steady-state solutions of cell volume in a cardiac myocyte model elaborated for membrane excitation, ion homeostasis and Ca2+ dynamics.

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    Cha, Chae Young; Noma, Akinori

    2012-08-21

    The cell volume continuously changes in response to varying physiological conditions, and mechanisms underlying volume regulation have been investigated in both experimental and theoretical studies. Here, general formulations concerning cell volume change are presented in the context of developing a comprehensive cell model which takes Ca(2+) dynamics into account. Explicit formulas for charge conservation and steady-state volumes of the cytosol and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are derived in terms of membrane potential, amount of ions, Ca(2+)-bound buffer molecules, and initial cellular conditions. The formulations were applied to a ventricular myocyte model which has plasma-membrane Ca(2+) currents with dynamic gating mechanisms, Ca(2+)-buffering reactions with diffusive and non-diffusive buffer proteins, and Ca(2+) uptake into or release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) accompanied by compensatory cationic or anionic currents through the SR membrane. Time-dependent volume changes in cardiac myocytes induced by varying extracellular osmolarity or by action potential generation were successfully simulated by the novel formulations. Through application of bifurcation analysis, the existence and uniqueness of steady-state solutions of the cell volume were validated, and contributions of individual ion channels and transporters to the steady-state volume were systematically analyzed. The new formulas are consistent with previous fundamental theory derived from simple models of minimum compositions. The new formulations may be useful for examination of the relationship between cell function and volume change in other cell types.

  14. Comparison of a SiO₂-CaO-ZnO-SrO glass polyalkenoate cement to commercial dental materials: ion release, biocompatibility and antibacterial properties.

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    Wren, A W; Coughlan, A; Hall, M M; German, M J; Towler, M R

    2013-09-01

    Ion Release and biocompatibility of a CaO-SrO-ZnO-SiO₂ (BT 101) based glass polyalkenoate cement (GPC) was compared against commercial GPCs, Fuji IX and Ketac Molar. The radiopacity (R) was similar for each material, 2.0-2.8. Ion release was evaluated on each material over 1, 7, 30 and 90 days. BT 101 release included Ca (23 mg/L), Sr (23 mg/L) Zn (13 mg/L), Si (203 mg/L). Fuji IX release includes Ca (0.7 mg/L), Al (3 mg/L) Si (26 mg/L), Na (60 mg/L) and P (0.5 mg/L) while Ketac Molar release includes Ca (1 mg/L), Al (0.6 mg/L) Si (23 mg/L), Na (76 mg/L) and P (0.7 mg/L). Simulated body fluid trials revealed CaP surface precipitation on BT 101. No evidence of precipitation was found on Fuji IX or Ketac Molar. Cytotoxicity testing found similar cell viability values for each material (~60 %, P = 1.000). Antibacterial testing determined a reduced CFU count with BT 101 (2.5 × 10³) when compared to the control bacteria (2.4 × 10⁴), Fuji IX (1.5 × 10⁴) and Ketac Molar (1.2 × 10⁴).

  15. Role of ATP-bound divalent metal ion in the conformation and function of actin. Comparison of Mg-ATP, Ca-ATP, and metal ion-free ATP-actin.

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    Valentin-Ranc, C; Carlier, M F

    1991-04-25

    The fluorescence of N-acetyl-N'-(sulfo-1-naphthyl)ethylenediamine (AEDANS) covalently bound to Cys-374 of actin is used as a probe for different conformational states of G-actin according to whether Ca-ATP, Mg-ATP, or unchelated ATP is bound to the nucleotide site. Upon addition of large amounts (greater than 10(2)-fold molar excess) of EDTA to G-actin, metal ion-free ATP-G-actin is obtained with EDTA bound. Metal ion free ATP-G-actin is characterized by a higher AEDANS fluorescence than Mg-ATP-G-actin, which itself has a higher fluorescence than Ca-ATP-G-actin. Evidence for EDTA binding to G-actin is shown using difference spectrophotometry. Upon binding of EDTA, the rate of dissociation of the divalent metal ion from G-actin is increased (2-fold for Ca2+, 10-fold for Mg2+) in a range of pH from 7.0 to 8.0. A model is proposed that quantitatively accounts for the kinetic data. The affinity of ATP is weakened 10(6)-fold upon removal of the metal ion. Metal ion-free ATP-G-actin is in a partially open conformation, as indicated by the greater accessibility of -SH residues, yet it retains functional properties of polymerization and ATP hydrolysis that appear almost identical to those of Ca-ATP-actin, therefore different from those of Mg-ATP-actin. These results are discussed in terms of the role of the ATP-bound metal ion in actin structure and function.

  16. Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+} ions activated AMoO{sub 4} (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphors

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    Du, Peng; Yu, Jae Su, E-mail: jsyu@khu.ac.kr

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Under 393 nm excitation, strong red emission located at 615 nm was observed in all the samples. • The Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor exhibited the strongest PL properties. • The CIE chromaticity coordinate of Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor was (0.647,0.352). • The color purity of Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor was 92.8%. • Strong CL properties were observed in the Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor. - Abstract: Eu{sup 3+}-activated AMoO{sub 4} (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra as well as X-ray diffraction patterns were measured to characterize the fabricated samples. Under 393 nm excitation, strong red emissions located at ∼615 nm corresponding to the {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of Eu{sup 3+} ions were observed in all the samples. Compared with other Eu{sup 3+} ions activated AMoO{sub 4} (A = Mg, Sr, Ba) phosphors, Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor exhibited the strongest red emission intensity with better Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage chromaticity coordinate and higher color purity. Furthermore, the CL results indicated that the Eu{sup 3+}-activated CaMoO{sub 4} phosphor had excellent luminescence properties.

  17. Experimental Determination of Thermodynamic Properties of Ion-Exchange in Heulandite: Binary Ion-Exchange Experiments at 55 and 85 oC Involving Ca2+, Sr2+, Na+, and K+

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    Fridriksson, T; Neuhoff, P S; Viani, B E; Bird, D K

    2004-04-26

    Heulandite is a common rock-forming zeolite that exhibits wide solid solution of extra framework cations, presumably due to ready ion exchange with aqueous solutions. In order to provide a quantitative basis for interpreting and predicting the distribution of aqueous species between heulandite and aqueous solutions, ion exchange equilibrium between heulandite and aqueous solutions with respect to the binary cation pairs Ca{sup 2+} - K{sup +}, Ca{sup 2+} - Na{sup +}, K{sup +} - Na{sup +}, K{sup +} - Sr{sup 2+}, Na{sup +} - Sr{sup 2+}, and Ca{sup 2+} - Sr{sup 2+} was investigated. Homoionic Ca-, K-, and Na-heulandites prepared from natural heulandite were equilibrated with 0.1 N Cl{sup -} solutions containing various proportions of the cations in a given binary pair at 55 and 85 C to define isotherms describing partitioning of the cations over a wide range of heulandite and solution composition with respect to the cations in each pair. In general, the experiments equilibrated rapidly, within 11-15 weeks at 55 C and 3-4 weeks at 85 C. The exception was the Ca{sup 2+} - Sr{sup 2+} binary exchange, which did not equilibrate even after 3 months at 55 C and 4 weeks at 85 C. Slow exchange of Sr{sup 2+} for Ca{sup 2+} also prohibited preparation of homoionic Sr-heulandite from the natural (Ca-rich) heulandite within 10 weeks in 2N SrCl{sub 2} solution at 90 C, although near homoionic Sr-heulandite was produced by exchange of K- and Na-heulandite. Experimentally determined isotherms were used to derive equilibrium constants for the ion exchange reactions and asymmetric Margules models describing the extent of non-ideality in extra framework solid solutions in heulandite. Regressed equilibrium constants for Ca{sup 2+}-Na{sup +}, Ca{sup 2+}-K{sup +}, and K{sup +}-Na{sup +} binary cation pairs at 55 C are internally consistent among each other (complying with the triangle rule), indicating good accuracy of these data. The maximum departure from internal Heulandite ion exchange

  18. 基于补偿效应下CaSO4产物层离子扩散的研究%The study of ion diffusion in CaSO4 product layer based on compensation effect

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    王松岭; 尚建宇; 冯垚飞

    2011-01-01

    石灰石脱硫反应中,高温热激活使得晶体产生大量的缺陷,局部电中性失去平衡,产物层内部Ca2向外运动形成固态离子扩散.以直接脱硫实验为基础,利用电导率补偿效应找到了CaSO4产物层的特征温度和特征电导率,通过曲线拟舍得到了产物层扩散激活能,最终计算获得了产物层离子扩散系数与温度之间的关系,结果表明:产物层离子扩散系数与温度成指数关系,温度越高,离子扩散系数越大,钙离子越活跃.较大迁移率使得更多的Ca2跃迁至产物层表面与气体分子发生反应,有利于脱硫反应的进行,但考虑到高温石灰石会发生烧结,因此合理地选择脱硫温度是改善硫化反应的根本途径.%Thermal activation may lead to large amount of crystal defects, the local electrical neutrality was smashed and solid-state ion diffusion was formed for the sake of the movement of calcium in product layer at high temperatures. Based on the direct desulphurization experiment, this article is aimed to obtain the relationship between ion diffusion coefficient and temperature when characteristic temperature, characteristic conductivity and diffusion activation energy of CaSO4 product layer were calculated with the help of conductivity compensation effect and curve fitting. The results show that ion diffusion coefficient and temperature are exponential relationship, in addition, the higher the temperature , the bigger the ion diffusion coefficient, the more activate of calcium ions. The greater mobility , which is conducive to desulphurization, may lead large transition of calcium ions to the surface of product layer to react with gas molecules, however, limestone in high temperature will be sintered, so choosing reasonable desulphurization temperature is an appropriate way to improve the desulphurization reaction.

  19. Composition-structure-property (Zn{sup 2+} and Ca{sup 2+} ion release) evaluation of Si-Na-Ca-Zn-Ce glasses: Potential components for nerve guidance conduits

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    Zhang, X.F.; Kehoe, S. [Cork Institute of Technology, Cork (Ireland); Adhi, S.K. [Department of Instrumentation Science, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Ajithkumar, T.G. [Central NMR Facility, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008 (India); Moane, S. [Shannon ABC Research Group, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick (Ireland); O' Shea, H. [Cork Institute of Technology, Cork (Ireland); Boyd, D., E-mail: d.boyd@dal.ca [Department of Applied Oral Sciences, Biomaterials, and Oral Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, B3H 3J5 (Canada)

    2011-04-08

    Bioactive glasses have demonstrated tailored therapeutic ion release, primarily with respect to the augmentation of hard tissues. However, controlled degradation and release of therapeutic ions from biomaterials may also play an important role in soft tissue regeneration such as repair of peripheral nerve discontinuities. In this study, three silica based glasses (0.5SiO{sub 2}-0.2CaO-0.13ZnO-XNa{sub 2}O-(0.17-X) CeO{sub 2}) where, (0.04 < X < 0.14) were synthesised and characterised. The local environment of the {sup 29}Si isotope was probed for each glass using {sup 29}Si MAS-NMR, whilst the thermal characteristics of each glass were examined using DTA. Following these analyses, ion release profiles for Ca{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+} were evaluated; an equivalent specific surface area of 1 m{sup 2} of each glass powder was incubated (37 deg. C) in 10 ml of citric acid buffer and TRIS-HCI buffer solution (pH 3.0 and pH 7.4 respectively) for incubation periods of up to 30 days. The Zn{sup 2+} concentration of each filtrate was analysed using flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (Varian AA240FS Fast Sequential AAS) and the Ca{sup 2+} concentration of each filtrate was determined using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (Varian 820 ICP-MS). Results obtained from the {sup 29}Si MAS-NMR spectra indicated Q{sup 2} structures pervading the network. An analytical model was proposed to analyse the ion release profiles for each glass, and indicated heterogeneous dissolution of glass networks. The ion release data demonstrates that ion release in the range (19.26-3130 ppm) for Ca{sup 2+} and in the range (5.97-4904 ppm) for Zn{sup 2+} occurred. Release of such elements, at appropriate levels, from peripheral nerve guidance conduits may be advantageous with respect to the repair of peripheral nerve discontinuities.

  20. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  1. Efficient biosorption of lead(II) and cadmium(II) ions from aqueous solutions by functionalized cell with intracellular CaCO3 mineral scaffolds.

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    Ma, Xiaoming; Cui, Weigang; Yang, Lin; Yang, Yuanyuan; Chen, Huifeng; Wang, Kui

    2015-06-01

    The functionalized Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell with biogenic intracellular CaCO3 mineral scaffold, synthesized via a simple and environmentally friendly approach, was efficient for removing lead (II) and cadmium (II) ions from aqueous solutions. The CaCO3 mineral scaffold could promote the uptake of the heavy metal ions and increase the biosorption capabilities of the adsorbent. Compared with the Freundlich isotherm, Langmuir model more fitted the equilibrium data. The maximum removal capacity of functionalized cells for Pb(II) and Cd(II) was 116.69 and 42.63mgg(-1), respectively. Further investigation showed that the adsorbent had high removal efficiency for trace amount of heavy metal ions. Adsorption data were modeled using the pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order and intra-particle diffusion kinetics equations. The results indicated that pseudo-second-order kinetic equation and intra-particle diffusion model could better describe the adsorption kinetics. The heavy metal ions might be removed by functionalized cells via membrane transport of metal ions and precipitation transformation.

  2. The effect of configuration complex on dielectronic recombination process in highly ionized plasmas

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    Jiao Rong-Zhen; Feng Chen-Xu

    2008-01-01

    This paper analyses the effect of configuration complex on dielectronic recombination (DR) process in highly ionized plasmas (Xe26+,Dy38+,W46+) by using the multiconfiguration relativistic Hartree-Fock method.Resonant and nonresonant radiative stabilizing transitions and decays to autoionizing levels followed by radiative cascades are included. Collisional transitions following electron capture are neglected. The remarkable difference between the isoelectronic trend of the rate coefficients for DR through 3d94/4l4l' and through 3d94l5l' is emphasized.The trend of DR through 3d94l4l' shows irregularities at relatively low temperature due to the progressive closing of DR channels as atomic number Z increases.

  3. Fluorescence and cofluorescence enhancement of Tb(Ⅲ) complexes with pyromellitic acid by M (M =Gd,La,Ca,and Sr ions)

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    WANG Zhengxiang; CHEN Hong; SHU Wangen; ZHAO Dongbai; ZHOU Zhongcheng

    2004-01-01

    Fluorescence and cofluorescence properties of Tb(Ⅲ) solid complexes were studied using pyromellitic acid (PMA) as ligand and fluorescence inert ions as doping elements. The cofluorescence enhancement, a result of ligand sensitized fluorescence, was observed in Tb(Ⅲ) solid complexes doped with fluorescent inert ions La(Ⅲ), Gd(Ⅲ), Ca(Ⅲ), and Sr(Ⅲ). The effect of the type and content of doping elements on fluorescence enhancement was studied, and optimum conditions were determined. The results show that Gd (La, Ca, Sr) has clear cofluorescence effect in solid complex Tb-M-PMA system, and in present work, rare earth complex fluorescent powder that emits bright green fluorescence at ultraviolet excitation was obtained, which had potential application as fluorescent anti-counterfeit ink.

  4. Exploration of Ca0.5Ti2(PO4)3@carbon Nanocomposite as the High-Rate Negative Electrode for Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Wei, Zhixuan; Meng, Xing; Yao, Ye; Liu, Qiang; Wang, Chunzhong; Wei, Yingjin; Du, Fei; Chen, Gang

    2016-12-28

    Exploring suitable electrode materials with high specific capacity and high-rate capability is a challenging goal for the development of Na-ion batteries. Here, we report a NASICON-structured compound, Ca0.5Ti2(PO4)3, with respect to its synthesis and electrochemical properties. The electrode is found to enable fast Na(+) ion diffusion owing to the rich crystallographic vacancies, affording a reversible capacity of 264 mA h g(-1) between 3.0 and 0.01 V. In particular, the hybrid Ca0.5Ti2(PO4)3@carbon exhibits remarkable rate performance with a discharge capacity of nearly 45 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 20 A g(-1), which is attributed to the pseudocapacitive effect.

  5. The effect of Ca2+ ions and ionic strength on Mn(II) oxidation by spores of the marine Bacillus sp. SG-1

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    Toyoda, Kazuhiro; Tebo, Bradley M.

    2013-01-01

    Manganese(IV) oxides, believed to form primarily through microbial activities, are extremely important mineral phases in marine environments where they scavenge a variety of trace elements and thereby control their distributions. The presence of various ions common in seawater are known to influence Mn oxide mineralogy yet little is known about the effect of these ions on the kinetics of bacterial Mn(II) oxidation and Mn oxide formation. We examined factors affecting bacterial Mn(II) oxidation by spores of the marine Bacillus sp. strain SG-1 in natural and artificial seawater of varying ionic conditions. Ca2+ concentration dramatically affected Mn(II) oxidation, while Mg2+, Sr2+, K+, Na+ and NO3- ions had no effect. The rate of Mn(II) oxidation at 10 mM Ca2+ (seawater composition) was four or five times that without Ca2+. The relationship between Ca2+ content and oxidation rate demonstrates that the equilibrium constant is small (on the order of 0.1) and the binding coefficient is 0.5. The pH optimum for Mn(II) oxidation changed depending on the amount of Ca2+ present, suggesting that Ca2+ exerts a direct effect on the enzyme perhaps as a stabilizing bridge between polypeptide components. We also examined the effect of varying concentrations of NaCl or KNO3 (0-2000 mM) on the kinetics of Mn(II) oxidation in solutions containing 10 mM Ca2+. Mn(II) oxidation was unaffected by changes in ionic strength (I) below 0.2, but it was inhibited by increasing salt concentrations above this value. Our results suggest that the critical coagulation concentration is around 200 mM of salt (I = ca. 0.2), and that the ionic strength of seawater (I > 0.2) accelerates the precipitation of Mn oxides around the spores. Under these conditions, the aggregation of Mn oxides reduces the supply of dissolved O2 and/or Mn2+ and inhibits the Mn(II) → Mn(III) step controlling the enzymatic oxidation of Mn(II). Our results suggest that the hardness and ionic strength of the aquatic environment

  6. Evaluation of blackbody radiation shift with temperature associated fractional uncertainty at 10E-18 level for 40Ca+ ion optical clock

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    Zhang, Ping; Shu, Hua-lin; Yuan, Jin-bo; Shang, Juan-juan; Cui, Kai-feng; Chao, Si-jia; Wang, Shao-mao; Liu, Dao-xin; Huang, Xue-ren

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, blackbody radiation (BBR) temperature rise seen by the $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ion confined in a miniature Paul trap and its uncertainty have been evaluated via finite-element method (FEM) modelling. The FEM model was validated by comparing with thermal camera measurements, which were calibrated by PT1000 resistance thermometer, at several points on a dummy trap. The input modelling parameters were analyzed carefully in detail, and their contributions to the uncertainty of environment temperature were evaluated on the validated FEM model. The result shows that the temperature rise seen by $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ion is 1.72 K with an uncertainty of 0.46 K. It results in a contribution of 2.2 mHz to the systematic uncertainty of $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ion optical clock, corresponding to a fractional uncertainty 5.4$\\times$10$^{-18}$. This is much smaller than the uncertainty caused by the BBR shift coefficient, which is evaluated to be 4.8 mHz and at 10$^{-17}$ level in fractional frequency units.

  7. Evaluation of blackbody radiation shift with temperature-associated fractional uncertainty at 10-18 level for 40Ca+ ion optical clock

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    Zhang, Ping; Cao, Jian; Shu, Hua-lin; Yuan, Jin-bo; Shang, Jun-juan; Cui, Kai-feng; Chao, Si-jia; Wang, Shao-mao; Liu, Dao-xin; Huang, Xue-ren

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, the blackbody radiation (BBR) temperature rise experienced by a 40Ca+ ion confined in a miniature Paul trap and its uncertainty have been evaluated via finite-element method (FEM) modelling. The FEM model was validated through comparisons with thermal camera measurements at several points on a dummy trap. Before the validation, the thermal camera was calibrated by using a PT1000 resistance thermometer. The input modelling parameters were analyzed carefully, and their contributions to the uncertainty of the trap environment temperature were evaluated using the validated FEM model. The result shows that the temperature rise experienced by the 40Ca+ ion is 1.72 K with an uncertainty of 0.46 K. It results in a contribution of 2.2 mHz to the systematic uncertainty of a 40Ca+ ion optical clock, corresponding to a fractional uncertainty 5.4 × 10-18. This is much smaller than the uncertainty caused by the BBR shift coefficient, which is evaluated to be 4.8 mHz and at the 10-17 level in fractional frequency units.

  8. Band-gap tuning and magnetic properties of heterovalent ions (Ba, Sr and Ca) substituted BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Katyal, S. C.

    2016-05-01

    A Comparative study of heterovalent Ba, Sr and Ca ions substitution on the structural, vibrational, optical and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles was carried out. The distorted rhombohedral structure was confirmed from both X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques in pure BiFeO3 and Bi0.85A0.15FeO3 (A= Ba, Sr and Ca) samples. UV-Visible spectroscopy results show that the band-gap of BiFeO3 nanoparticles can be tuned by heterovalent ions substitution from 2.12 eV for BiFeO3 to 2.10, 2.06 and 2.03 eV for Ca, Sr and Ba substituted BiFeO3 nanoparticles respectively. The magnetic measurements indicate enhancement in magnetization for heterovalent A2+ substituted BiFeO3 samples and the magnetization increases with increase of ionic radius of the substituted ions.

  9. Distinct interactions of Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} ions with the selectivity filter of the bacterial sodium channel Na{sub V}Ab

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    Ke, Song, E-mail: song.ke@univie.ac.at [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, UZA 2, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Zangerl, Eva-Maria, E-mail: a0509032@unet.univie.ac.at [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, UZA 2, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Stary-Weinzinger, Anna, E-mail: anna.stary@univie.ac.at [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, UZA 2, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2013-01-25

    Highlights: ► Ca{sup 2+} translocates slowly in the filter, due to lack of “loose” knock-on mechanism. ► Identification of a high affinity binding site in Na{sub V}Ab selectivity filter. ► Changes of EEEE locus triggered by electrostatic interactions with Ca{sup 2+} ions. -- Abstract: Rapid and selective ion transport is essential for the generation and regulation of electrical signaling pathways in living organisms. In this study, we use molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations to investigate how the bacterial sodium channel Na{sub V}Ab (Arcobacter butzleri) differentiates between Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} ions. Multiple nanosecond molecular dynamics simulations revealed distinct binding patterns for these two cations in the selectivity filter and suggested a high affinity calcium binding site formed by backbone atoms of residues Leu-176 and Thr-175 (S{sub CEN}) in the sodium channel selectivity filter.

  10. Resonator QED experiments with single {sup 40}Ca{sup +} ions; Resonator-QED-Experimente mit einzelnen {sup 40}Ca{sup +}-Ionen

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    Lange, B.

    2006-12-20

    Combining an optical resonator with an ion trap provides the possibility for QED experiments with single or few particles interacting with a single mode of the electro-magnetic field (Cavity-QED). In the present setup, fluctuations in the count rate on a time scale below 30 seconds were purely determined by the photon statistics due to finite emission and detection efficiency, whereas a marginal drift of the system was noticeable above 200 seconds. To find methods to increase the efficiency of the photon source, investigations were conducted and experimental improvements of the setup implemented in the frame of this thesis. Damping of the resonator field and coupling of ion and field were considered as the most important factors. To reduce the damping of the resonator field, a resonator with a smaller transmissivity of the output mirror was set up. The linear trap used in the experiment allows for the interaction of multiple ions with the resonator field, so that more than one photon may be emitted per pump pulse. This was investigated in this thesis with two ions coupled to the resonator. The cross correlation of the emitted photons was measured with the Hanbury Brown-Twiss method. (orig.)

  11. Niflumic acid affects store-operated Ca(2+)-permeable (SOC) and Ca (2+)-dependent K (+) and Cl (-) ion channels and induces apoptosis in K562 cells.

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    Kucherenko, Yuliya V; Lang, Florian

    2014-07-01

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are known to induce apoptosis in a variety of cancer cells. However, the precise mechanisms by which NSAIDs facilitate apoptosis in tumor cells are not clear. In the present study, we show that niflumic acid (NA), a member of the fenamates group of NSAIDs and Cl(-) and Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) (CAC) channels blocker, induced apoptosis (by ~8 %, 24 h treatment) and potentiated (by 8-10 %) apoptotic effect of endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) mobilizer thapsigargin (Tg) in human erythroleukemic K562 cell line. The whole-cell patch clamp and Fluo-3 flow cytometric experiments confirmed an inhibitory effect of NA (100 and 300 µM) on store-operated (SOC) channels. We also found that NA-blocked CAC channels were activated by acute application of Tg (2 µM) in K562 cells. NA blockage of CAC channels was accompanied by activation of Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK4) channels. The observed effects of NA were not connected with COX-2 inhibition since 100-nM NA (IC50 for COX-2 inhibition) did not induce either apoptosis or affect the channels activity. We conclude that inhibition of SOC channels plays a major role in NA-induced apoptosis. Increased apoptotic levels in Tg-treated K562 cells in the presence of NA may be due to the blockage of CAC and stimulation of SK4 channels in addition to SOC channels inhibition.

  12. Update on vascular endothelial Ca2+ signalling:A tale of ion channels,pumps and transporters

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    Francesco; Moccia; Roberto; Berra-Romani; Franco; Tanzi

    2012-01-01

    A monolayer of endothelial cells (ECs) lines the lumen of blood vessels and forms a multifunctional transducing organ that mediates a plethora of cardiovascular processes. The activation of ECs from as state of quiescence is, therefore, regarded among the early events leading to the onset and progression of potentially lethal diseases, such as hypertension, myocardial infarction, brain stroke, and tumor. Intracellular Ca2+ signals have long been know to play a central role in the complex network of signaling pathways regulating the endothelial functions. Notably, recent work has outlined how any change in the pattern of expression of endothelial channels, transporters and pumps involved in the modulation of intracellular Ca2+ levels may dramatically affect whole body homeostasis. Vascular ECs may react to both mechanical and chemical stimuli by generating a variety of intracellular Ca2+ signals, ranging from brief, localized Ca2+ pulses to prolonged Ca2+ oscillations engulfing the whole cytoplasm. The well-defined spatiotemporal profile of the subcellular Ca2+ signals elicited in ECs by specific extracellular inputs depends on the interaction between Ca2+ releasing channels, which arelocated both on the plasma membrane and in a number of intracellular organelles, and Ca2+ removing systems. The present article aims to summarize both the past and recent literature in the field to provide a clear-cut picture of our current knowledge on the molecular nature and the role played by the components of the Ca2+ machinery in vascular ECs under both physiological and pathological conditions.

  13. Carbon-Ion Irradiation Suppresses Migration and Invasiveness of Human Pancreatic Carcinoma Cells MIAPaCa-2 via Rac1 and RhoA Degradation

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    Fujita, Mayumi; Imadome, Kaori; Shoji, Yoshimi [Advanced Radiation Biology Research Program, Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan); Isozaki, Tetsurou; Endo, Satoshi; Yamada, Shigeru [Research Center Hospital for Charged Particle Therapy, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan); Imai, Takashi, E-mail: imait@nirs.go.jp [Advanced Radiation Biology Research Program, Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan)

    2015-09-01

    Purpose: To investigate the mechanisms underlying the inhibition of cancer cell migration and invasion by carbon (C)-ion irradiation. Methods and Materials: Human pancreatic cancer cells MIAPaCa-2, AsPC-1, and BxPC-3 were treated by x-ray (4 Gy) or C-ion (0.5, 1, 2, or 4 Gy) irradiation, and their migration and invasion were assessed 2 days later. The levels of guanosine triphosphate (GTP)-bound Rac1 and RhoA were determined by the active GTPase pull-down assay with or without a proteasome inhibitor, and the binding of E3 ubiquitin ligase to GTP-bound Rac1 was examined by immunoprecipitation. Results: Carbon-ion irradiation reduced the levels of GTP-bound Rac1 and RhoA, 2 major regulators of cell motility, in MIAPaCa-2 cells and GTP-bound Rac1 in AsPC-1 and BxPC-3 cells. Proteasome inhibition reversed the effect, indicating that C-ion irradiation induced Rac1 and RhoA degradation via the ubiquitin (Ub)-proteasome pathway. E3 Ub ligase X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP), which directly targets Rac1, was selectively induced in C-ion–irradiated MIAPaCa-2 cells and coprecipitated with GTP-bound Rac1 in C-ion–irradiated cells, which was associated with Rac1 ubiquitination. Cell migration and invasion reduced by C-ion radiation were restored by short interfering RNA–mediated XIAP knockdown, indicating that XIAP is involved in C-ion–induced inhibition of cell motility. Conclusion: In contrast to x-ray irradiation, C-ion treatment inhibited the activity of Rac1 and RhoA in MIAPaCa-2 cells and Rac1 in AsPC-1 and BxPC-3 cells via Ub-mediated proteasomal degradation, thereby blocking the motility of these pancreatic cancer cells.

  14. Characteristic interaction of Ca2+ ions with elastin coacervate: ion transport study across coacervate layers of alpha-elastin and elastin model polypeptide, (Val-Pro-Gly-Val-Gly)n.

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    Kaibara, K; Akinari, Y; Okamoto, K; Uemura, Y; Yamamoto, S; Kodama, H; Kondo, M

    1996-08-01

    Ion transport characteristics across a macrocoacervate layer membrane composed of aqueous elastin model polypeptides with a specific repeating pentapeptide sequence, H-(Val-Pro-Gly-Val-Gly)n-Val-OMe (n > or = 40), were investigated. Transmembrane potential responses for NaCl. MgCl2, and CaCl2 concentration-cell systems were measured and examined systematically by comparing with those across a coacervate membrane composed of bovine neck ligamental alpha-elastin. In the case of the NaCl and MgCl2 systems, potential responses across these protein liquid membranes were different noticeably from each other depending upon the molecular structure with and without charged peptide side chains, whereas in the CaCl2 systems the transmembrane potential responses across the noncharged polypentapeptide coacervate membrane were comparable with those across the alpha-elastin coacervate membrane carrying both the positively and negatively charged amino acid residues as an amphoteric ion-exchange membrane. These results indicated that mechanisms of major Ca2+ ion transport are based on the specific and selective interactions with electrically neutral sites of elastin, such as the polypentapeptide backbone chain.

  15. Magnetism in Ca2CoOsO6 and Ca2NiOsO6: Unraveling the mystery of superexchange interactions between 3d and 5d ions

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    Morrow, Ryan C.; Samanta, Kartik; Dasgupta, Tanusri Saha; Xiong, Jie; Freeland, John W.; Haskel, Daniel; Woodward, Patrick

    2016-06-14

    In order to rationalize and predict the behavior of compounds containing 5d transition metal ions, an understanding of the local moments and superexchange interactions from which their magnetic properties are derived is necessary. The magnetic and electrical properties of the ferrimagnetic double perovskites Ca2CoOsO6 and Ca2NiOsO6 studied here provide critical insight toward that goal. First-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate, and experimental measurements confirm, that the Os(VI) moments are directed antiparallel to the Co/Ni moments. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements reveal that the orbital moment on osmium has a magnitude that is approximately 30% of the spin moment, and the two contributions oppose each other. Both the size and direction of the orbital moment are confirmed by the DFT calculations. The size of the Os(VI) total moment is predicted to be 0.6-0.7 μB by DFT calculations. The ferrimagnetic ground state is stabilized by strong antiferromagnetic coupling between the d2 Os(VI) ion and the d8/d7 Ni(II)/Co(II) ion. Not only does the observation of antiferromagnetic coupling violate the Goodenough-Kanamori rules, but also it is unusual in that it becomes stronger as the Os-O-Co/Ni bond angle decreases. This unusual behavior is shown to arise predominantly from coupling between Os t2g orbitals and Ni/Co eg orbitals, mediated by the intervening oxide ion. We further find that both compounds are spin-orbit assisted Mott insulators.

  16. Thermodynamics of ion exchange between clinoptilolite and aqueous solutions of Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+}

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    Pabalan, R.T. [Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX (United States)

    1994-11-01

    Because of their ion-exchange, adsorption, and molecular sieve properties, zeolite minerals have generated worldwide interest for use in a broad range of applications such as nuclear and municipal waste water treatment, stack-gas cleanup, natural gas purification, petroleum production, and in agriculture and aquaculture. To provide a thermodynamic basis for understanding zeolite-water interactions in geologic systems, ion-exchange experiments were conducted at 25{degrees}C between clinoptilolite, which is the predominant zeolite mineral in altered pyroclastic and volcaniclastic rocks, and aqueous mixtures of Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+}. Isotherm points were obtained by equilibrating Na-clinoptilolite, which was prepared from clinoptilolite-rich tuff from Death Valley Junction, California, USA, and Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+} chloride solutions having different ionic concentration ratios, but constant total normalities of 0.5, 0.05, or 0.005 N. The experimental data were interpreted using a Margules thermodynamic formulation for zeolite solid solutions, coupled with the Pitzer model for aqueous activity coefficients. The isotherm data for 0.5 N Na{sup +}/K{sup +} and Na{sup +}/Ca{sup 2+} solutions were used to derive equilibrium constants and Gibbs free energies for the ion-exchange reactions, as well as parameters for the Margules model. Using the same parameters derived from the 0.5 N data, isotherms were calculated for the 0.05 and 0.005 N solutions. The predicted values agree very well with experimental data. The results of this study indicate that a Margules solid solution model for zeolites, coupled with an activity coefficient model for aqueous solutions (e.g., Pitzer model), can successfully describe and predict binary ion-exchange equilibria between aqueous solutions and the zeolite mineral clinoptilolite over a wide range of solution composition and concentration.

  17. High-field plasma acceleration in a high-ionization-potential gas.

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    Corde, S; Adli, E; Allen, J M; An, W; Clarke, C I; Clausse, B; Clayton, C E; Delahaye, J P; Frederico, J; Gessner, S; Green, S Z; Hogan, M J; Joshi, C; Litos, M; Lu, W; Marsh, K A; Mori, W B; Vafaei-Najafabadi, N; Walz, D; Yakimenko, V

    2016-06-17

    Plasma accelerators driven by particle beams are a very promising future accelerator technology as they can sustain high accelerating fields over long distances with high energy efficiency. They rely on the excitation of a plasma wave in the wake of a drive beam. To generate the plasma, a neutral gas can be field-ionized by the head of the drive beam, in which case the distance of acceleration and energy gain can be strongly limited by head erosion. Here we overcome this limit and demonstrate that electrons in the tail of a drive beam can be accelerated by up to 27 GeV in a high-ionization-potential gas (argon), boosting their initial 20.35 GeV energy by 130%. Particle-in-cell simulations show that the argon plasma is sustaining very high electric fields, of ∼150 GV m(-1), over ∼20 cm. The results open new possibilities for the design of particle beam drivers and plasma sources.

  18. BAT AGN Spectroscopic Survey II: X-ray Emission and High Ionization Optical Emission Lines

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    Berney, Simon; Trakhtenbrot, Benny; Ricci, Claudio; Lamperti, Isabella; Schawinski, Kevin; Balokovic, Mislav; Crenshaw, D Michael; Fischer, Travis; Gehrels, Neil; Harrison, Fiona; Hashimoto, Yasuhiro; Ichikawa, Kohei; Mushotzky, Richard; Oh, Kyuseok; Stern, Daniel; Treister, Ezequiel; Ueda, Yoshihiro; Veilleux, Sylvain; Winter, Lisa

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the relationship between X-ray and optical line emission in 340 nearby AGN selected above 10 keV using Swift BAT. We find a weak correlation between the extinction corrected [O III] and hard X-ray luminosity (14-195 keV) with a [OIII] large scatter (R_Pear = 0.64, sigma = 0.62 dex) and a similarly large scatter with the intrinsic 2-10 keV to [O III] luminosities (RPear=0.63, sigma = 0.63 dex). Correlations of the hard X-ray fluxes with the fluxes of high-ionization narrow lines ([O III], He II, [Ne III] and [Ne V]) are not significantly better than with the low ionization lines (Halpha, [SII]). Factors like obscuration or physical slit size are not found to be a significant part of the large scatter. In contrast, the optical emission lines show much better correlations with each other (sigma = 0.3 dex) than with the X-ray flux. The inherent large scatter questions the common usage of narrow emission lines as AGN bolometric luminosity indicators and suggests that other issues such as geometrical...

  19. Electrical conductivity and velocity of highly ionized plasma flows - Theory and experiment.

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    Vendell, E. W.; Park, C.; Posch, R. E.

    1972-01-01

    Use of an immersible, three-coil, magnetic-induction probe, previously tested in a low-density supersonic argon jet, to measure electrical conductivity and velocity profiles of a highly ionized high-density nitrogen jet in the continuum flow regime where effects due to probe bow shocks and boundary layers might not be negligible. Measured centerline values of electrical conductivity and velocity were compared with predictions based on a theoretical analysis previously developed to study the gas as it expanded adiabatically and inviscidly from an equilibrium sonic state to the nozzle exit. The resulting numerical exit plane values for electron density and electron temperature were then substituted into the Spitzer-Haerm conductivity formula to compute a theoretical conductivity which agreed within 40% of the measured conductivity, while the calculated and experimental velocity values differed by as much as 50%. The lack of agreement was attributed to the possible use of invalid assumptions and boundary conditions in the computer analysis or to the unknown effects of shocks on the probe data.

  20. Mass distribution of cluster ions produced from laser ablation of metal-composite-oxides Y-M-Cu-O (M = Ba, Sr, Ca, Mg)

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    Liu Zhaoyang; Wang Chunru; Huang Rongbin; Zheng Lansun [Xiamen Univ. (China). Dept. of Chem.

    1995-09-01

    Laser ablation of YMCuO metal-composite-oxides (M = Ba, Sr, Ca, Mg) in high vacuum produced cluster ions with various sizes and compositions. Mass spectra of the cluster ions were recorded by a home-built time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer and the mass distributions were analyzed by a statistical model. For YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) high-Tc superconducting samples, six series of cluster ions were observed. Replacement of barium in the metal-composite-oxide sample with other alkaline earth metal, such as strontium, calcium, or magnesium, not only removed the superconductivity, but also changed the compositions and distributions of the laser generated cluster ions. For instance, copper was only found in the compositions of cluster ions generated from YBCO sample. From comparison of the experimental results, interactions among components of the metal-composite-oxides and the function of alkaline earth metal in superconducting material were discussed. (orig.) 19 refs.

  1. Highly-Ionized Gas in the Galactic Halo: A FUSE Survey of O 6 Absorption toward 22 Halo Stars

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    Zsargo, J.; Sembach, K. R.; Howk, J. C.; Savage, B. D.

    2002-12-01

    Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) spectra of 22 Galactic halo stars are studied to determine the amount of O 6 in the Galactic halo between ~0.3 and ~10 kpc from the Galactic mid-plane. Strong O 6 λ 1031.93 absorption was detected toward 21 stars, and a reliable 3 σ upper limit was obtained toward HD 97991. The weaker member of the O 6 doublet at 1037.62 Å could be studied toward only six stars. The observed columns are reasonably consistent with a patchy exponential O 6 distribution with a mid-plane density of 1.7x10-8 cm-3 and scale height between 2.3 and 4 kpc. We do not see clear signs of strong high-velocity components in O 6 absorption along the Galactic sight lines, which indicates the general absence of high velocity O 6 within 2-5 kpc of the Galactic mid-plane. The correlation between the H 1 and O 6 intermediate velocity absorption is also poor. The O 6 velocity dispersions are much larger than the value of ~18 km/s expected from thermal broadening for gas at T ~ 3x105 K, the temperature at which O 6 is expected to reach its peak abundance in collisional ionization equilibrium. Turbulence, inflow, and outflow must have an effect on the shape of the O 6 profiles. Kinematical comparisons of O 6 with Ar 1 reveal that 9 of 21 sight lines are closely aligned in LSR velocity (|Δ VLSR| 5 km/s ), while 8 of 21 exhibit significant velocity differences (|Δ VLSR| >= 15 km/s ). This dual behavior may indicate the presence of two different types of O 6-bearing environments toward the Galactic sight lines. Comparison of O 6 with other highly-ionized species suggests that the high ions are produced primarily by cooling hot gas in the Galactic fountain flow, and that turbulent mixing also has a significant contribution. The role of turbulent mixing is most important toward sight lines that sample supernova remnants like Loop I and IV. We are also able to show that the O 6 enhancement toward the Galactic center region that was observed in the FUSE survey

  2. A global evaluation of temperature and carbonate ion control on Mg/Ca ratios of ostracoda genus Krithe.

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    Elmore, A.C.; Sosdian, S; Rosenthal, Y.; Wright, J. D.

    2012-01-01

    [1] Improving estimates of past ocean temperatures is paramount to our understanding of ocean circulation and its role in climate change. Magnesium/calcium (Mg/Ca) ratios of carapaces of the benthic ostracod genus Krithe were determined from new, globally distributed core top samples from the Norwegian Sea, Cape Hatteras shelf, Gulf of Mexico, Sulawesi Margin (Indonesia), New Zealand shelf, Ceara Rise, and the North Atlantic. A linear regression of the Krithe Mg/Ca ratios and bottom water tem...

  3. Influence of Li+ charge compensator ion on the energy transfer from Pr3 + to Gd3 + ions in Ca9Mg(PO4)6F2:Gd3 +, Pr3 +, Li+ phosphor

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    Tamboli, Sumedha; Dhoble, S. J.

    2017-09-01

    Phototherapy is a renowned treatment for curing skin diseases since ancient times. Phototherapeutic treatment for psoriasis and many other diseases require narrow band ultra violet-B (NB-UVB) light with peak intensity at 313 nm to be exposed to the affected part of body. In this paper, we report combustion synthesis of NB-UVB - 313 nm emitting Ca9Mg(PO4)6F2 phosphors doped with Gd3 +, Pr3 + and Li+ ions. The phase formation was confirmed by obtaining X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and morphology was studied with the Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra show intense narrow band emission at 313 nm under 274 nm excitation wavelengths. Emission intensity was enhanced when Ca9Mg(PO4)6F2 compound is co-doped with Pr3 + ions. Excitation spectra of Ca9Mg(PO4)6F2:Gd3 +, Pr3 + doped samples shows broad excitation in ultra violet C (UVC) region. Diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), obtained by UV-visible spectrophotometer, measures the absorption properties of the material. By applying Kubelka Munk function on the diffuse reflectance spectra, band gap of the material is determined. PL decay curves were examined which indicates efficient energy transfer between Pr3 + and Gd3 + ions. Charge compensation effect was also studied by co-doping Li+ ion in host. Emission intensity was found to increase with the addition of charge compensator. The prepared phosphor has potential to convert UVC light into NB-UVB. The luminescence intensity of Gd3 + shows remarkable increase when it is sensitized with Pr3 +, and an addition of charge compensator in the form of Li+, show even better results. This phosphor surely has the potential to be used as phototherapy lamp phosphor.

  4. Directional solidification, thermo-mechanical and optical properties of (Mg(x)Ca(1-x))(3)Al(2)Si(3)O(12) glasses doped with Nd(3+) ions.

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    Sola, D; Conejos, D; Martínez de Mendivil, J; Ortega-San-Martín, L; Lifante, G; Peña, J I

    2015-10-05

    In this work glass rods of (Mg(x)Ca(1-x))(3)Al(2)Si(3)O(12) (x = 0, 0.5 and 1) doped with 1 wt% Nd(2)O(3) were produced by the laser floating zone technique. Thermo-mechanical and spectroscopic properties have been evaluated. The three glass samples present good thermo-mechanical properties, with similar hardness, toughness and glass transition temperatures. The spectroscopic characterization shows spectral shifts in absorption and emission spectra. These spectral shifts together with Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters and ionic packing ratio have been used to investigate the local structure surrounding the Nd(3+) ions and the covalency of the Nd-O bond. All obtained results agree and confirm the higher covalency of the Nd-O bond in the Ca(3)Al(2)Si(3)O(12) glass.

  5. Luminescence study of Dy or Ce activated LiCaBO3 phosphor for γ-ray and C5+ ion beam irradiation.

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    Oza, Abha H; Dhoble, N S; Lochab, S P; Dhoble, S J

    2015-11-01

    The photoluminescence and thermoluminescence characteristics of rare earths (Dy or Ce) activated LiCaBO3 phosphors have been studied. Phosphors were synthesized by modified solid state synthesis. The phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) for structural, morphological and luminescence studies. Dy(3+) activated LiCaBO3 shows emission at 486 and 577 nm due to (4) F9/2 →(6) H15/2 and (4) F9/2 → (6) H13/2 transition, respectively, whereas the PL emission spectra of Ce(3+) activated LiCaBO3 phosphor shows a broad band peaking at 432 nm, which is due to the transition from 5d level to the ground state of the Ce(3+) ion. The thermoluminescence study was also carried out for both these phosphors for γ-ray irradiation and carbon beam irradiation. Linearity was studied for a 0.4-3.1 Rad dose γ-rays. Linear behaviour over this dose range was observed. Gamma ray-irradiated phosphors were shown to be negligible fading upon storage. All the samples were also studied for 75 MeV C(5+) ion beam exposure in the range of 3.75 × 10(12) - 7.5 × 10(13) ion cm(-2) fluence. In addition to this, trapping parameters of all the samples were also calculated using Chen's peak shape method. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. In vitro metal ion release and biocompatibility of amorphous Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy with/without gelatin coating

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    Chan, W.Y., E-mail: chan.wing.yue@sgh.com.sg [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (Singapore); Chian, K.S.; Tan, M.J. [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

    2013-12-01

    Amorphous zinc-rich Mg–Zn–Ca alloys have exhibited good tissue compatibility and low hydrogen evolution in vivo. However, suboptimal cell–surface interaction on magnesium alloy surface observed in vitro could lead to reduced integration with host tissue for regenerative purpose. This study aims to improve cell–surface interaction of amorphous Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy by coating a gelatin layer by electrospinning. Coated/uncoated alloys were immersed and extracted for 3 days under different CO{sub 2}. The immersion results showed that pH and metal ion release in the alloy extracts were affected by gelatin coating and CO{sub 2}, suggesting their roles in alloy biocorrosion and a mechanism has been proposed for the alloy–CO{sub 2} system with/without coating. Cytotoxicity results are evident that gelatin-coated alloy with 2-day crosslinking not only exhibited no indirect cytotoxicity, but also supported attachment of L929 and MG63 cell lines around/on the alloy with high viability. Therefore, amorphous Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy coated with gelatin by electrospinning technique provides a useful method to improve alloy biocompatibility. - Highlights: • Electrospinning is a new method to coat amorphous Mg{sub 67}Zn{sub 28}Ca{sub 5} alloy with gelatin. • Gelatin-coated alloy has differential effect on pH and ion release at various CO{sub 2}. • L929 cell proliferation correlates with Mg{sup 2+} level in alloy extracts. • Biomimetic gelatin coating significantly improves cell–surface interaction.

  7. Effect of ion irradiation on the thermoluminescence properties of K2Ca2(SO4)3 phosphor

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    Choubey, A.; Sharma, S. K.; Lochab, S. P.; Kanjilal, D.

    2011-07-01

    This paper presents the thermoluminescence (TL) studies of ion-irradiated potassium-calcium mixed sulfate phosphor. The sample was prepared by the solid-state diffusion method. The X-ray diffraction study of the prepared sample suggests an orthorhombic structure with an average particle size of 0.16 μ m. The samples were irradiated with 1.2 MeV argon ions at fluences varying between 1011 and 1015 ions/cm2. The argon ions penetrate to a depth of 1.93 μ m and lose their energy mainly via electronic stopping. Due to ion irradiation, a large number of defects such as oxygen vacancies, radicals and color centers are formed in the sample. TL glow curves were recorded for each of the ion fluences. A linear increase in the intensity of TL glow peaks was found with an increase in the ion dose from 72 kGy to 720 MGy. The kinetic parameters associated with the prominent glow peaks were calculated using glow curve deconvolution, different glow curve shapes and sample heating rate methods.

  8. 低能Ar+注入对玉米花粉萌发及Ca2+浓度分布的影响%Effects of Low Energy Argon Ion Implantation on Maize Pollen Germination and the Cytosolic Ca2+ Distribution during Pollen Germination Process

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    邓方; 程备久; 朱苏文; 吴李君

    2008-01-01

    To investigate the effect of low energy ion implantation on maize pollen germination and cytosolic Ca2+ distribution during pollen germination process, the argon ion (Ar+) with energy of 30 keV, dose of 0.78 ×1015-13×1015 ion/cm2 was implanted into maize pollen by irradiation, and the germination of pollen and cytosolic Ca2+ distribution during pollen germination process of the Ar+ implanted pollen were studied. The results showed that when been irradiated with Ar+ with dose of 5.2×1015 ion/cm2, the germination rate of maize pollen increased remarkably, while implantation of ions with dose exceeding 5.2×1015 ion/cm2 sharply decreased the germination rate of maize pollen. Meanwhile, tracing of esterified Ca2+ fluorescence probe fluo-3 AM for intact pollen showed that variation of cytosolic Ca2+ concentration was consistent with the change of pollen fertility. The dynamics of cytosolic Ca2+ concentration caused by low energy ion implantation may be concluded as the initial effects of pollen germination.

  9. The Suzaku View of Highly Ionized Outflows in AGN. 1; Statistical Detection and Global Absorber Properties

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    Gofford, Jason; Reeves, James N.; Tombesi, Francesco; Braito, Valentina; Turner, T. Jane; Miller, Lance; Cappi, Massimo

    2013-01-01

    We present the results of a new spectroscopic study of Fe K-band absorption in active galactic nuclei (AGN). Using data obtained from the Suzaku public archive we have performed a statistically driven blind search for Fe XXV Healpha and/or Fe XXVI Lyalpha absorption lines in a large sample of 51 Type 1.0-1.9 AGN. Through extensive Monte Carlo simulations we find that statistically significant absorption is detected at E greater than or approximately equal to 6.7 keV in 20/51 sources at the P(sub MC) greater than or equal tov 95 per cent level, which corresponds to approximately 40 per cent of the total sample. In all cases, individual absorption lines are detected independently and simultaneously amongst the two (or three) available X-ray imaging spectrometer detectors, which confirms the robustness of the line detections. The most frequently observed outflow phenomenology consists of two discrete absorption troughs corresponding to Fe XXV Healpha and Fe XXVI Lyalpha at a common velocity shift. From xstar fitting the mean column density and ionization parameter for the Fe K absorption components are log (N(sub H) per square centimeter)) is approximately equal to 23 and log (Xi/erg centimeter per second) is approximately equal to 4.5, respectively. Measured outflow velocities span a continuous range from less than1500 kilometers per second up to approximately100 000 kilometers per second, with mean and median values of approximately 0.1 c and approximately 0.056 c, respectively. The results of this work are consistent with those recently obtained using XMM-Newton and independently provides strong evidence for the existence of very highly ionized circumnuclear material in a significant fraction of both radio-quiet and radio-loud AGN in the local universe.

  10. Observation of indium ion migration-induced resistive switching in Al/Mg0.5Ca0.5TiO3/ITO

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    Lin, Zong-Han; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2016-08-01

    Understanding switching mechanisms is very important for resistive random access memory (RRAM) applications. This letter reports an investigation of Al/Mg0.5Ca0.5TiO3 (MCTO)/ITO RRAM, which exhibits bipolar resistive switching behavior. The filaments that connect Al electrodes with indium tin oxide electrodes across the MCTO layer at a low-resistance state are identified. The filaments composed of In2O3 crystals are observed through energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, nanobeam diffraction, and comparisons of Joint Committee on Powder Diffraction Standards (JCPDS) cards. Finally, a switching mechanism resulting from an electrical field induced by In3+ ion migration is proposed. In3+ ion migration forms/ruptures the conductive filaments and sets/resets the RRAM device.

  11. Atomistic Conversion Reaction Mechanism of WO 3 in Secondary Ion Batteries of Li, Na, and Ca

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    He, Yang [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15261 USA; Gu, Meng [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Xiao, Haiyan [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 China; Luo, Langli [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Shao, Yuyan [Energy and Environmental Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Gao, Fei [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109 USA; Du, Yingge [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Mao, Scott X. [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15261 USA; Wang, Chongmin [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA

    2016-04-13

    Reversible insertion and extraction of ionic species into a host lattice governs the basic operating principle for both rechargeable battery (such as lithium batteries) and electrochromic devices (such as ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner electrochromic window). Intercalation and/or conversion are two fundamental chemical processes for some materials in response to the ion insertion. The interplay between these two chemical processes has never been established. It is speculated that the conversion reaction is initiated by ion intercalation. However, experimental evidence of intercalation and subsequent conversion remains unexplored. Here, using in situ HRTEM and spectroscopy, we captured the atomistic conversion reaction processes during lithium, sodium and calcium ion insertion into tungsten trioxide (WO3) single crystal model electrodes. An intercalation step right prior to conversion is explicitly revealed at atomic scale for the first time for these three ion species. Combining nanoscale diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, it is found that, beyond intercalation, the inserted ion-oxygen bonding formation destabilized the transition-metal framework which gradually shrunk, distorted and finally collapsed to a pseudo-amorphous structure. This study provides a full atomistic picture on the transition from intercalation to conversion, which is of essential for material applications in both secondary ion batteries and electrochromic devices.

  12. Photoluminescence of rare earth ions coactivated Ca{sub 9}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} with cold, natural and warm white emission

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    Li, Ling, E-mail: liling402431@hotmail.com [Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory for the Synthesis and Applications of Organic Functional Molecules, Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organochemical Materials, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062 (China); Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Liu, Xiaoguang, E-mail: liuxiaoguang402@hotmail.com [Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory for the Synthesis and Applications of Organic Functional Molecules, Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organochemical Materials, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062 (China); Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Noh, Hyeon Mi, E-mail: bwgn@naver.con [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Byung Kee, E-mail: bkmoon@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Byung Chun, E-mail: bcchoi@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Jung Hyun, E-mail: jhjeong@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-05

    It has been still a challenge to obtain a new single-component white-light phosphor with the vanadates as host lattices and with two types of ions as activators. A systematic Ln{sub 1}{sup 3+}/Ln{sub 2}{sup 3+} (Ln{sub 1}{sup 3+}/Ln{sub 2}{sup 3+} = Dy{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+} or Dy{sup 3+}/Sm{sup 3+} or Dy{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} or Tm{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} or Tm{sup 3+}/Sm{sup 3+}) coactivated Ca{sub 9}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} (CYV)samples as well as their singly doped CYV phosphors have been synthesized by the traditional solid state reaction and their photoluminescence properties have been investigated. The photoluminescence properties as a function of the concentration of rare earth ions have been discussed and the tunable luminescent color was found. The warm (CYV: 1%Dy{sup 3+}, 1%Sm{sup 3+}), natural (CYV: 7% Tm{sup 3+},0.5% Eu{sup 3+}; CYV: 1.0% Tm{sup 3+}, 0.5% Sm{sup 3+}), and cold (CYV: 3% Tm{sup 3+},0.5% Eu{sup 3+}; CYV: 0.5% Dy{sup 3+},0.5% Tm{sup 3+}; CYV: 0.5% Dy{sup 3+},0.7% Tm{sup 3+}; CYV: 0.3%Dy{sup 3+}, 0.5% Tm{sup 3+}) white lights can be obtained. Generally, the emission intensity or lifetime of one rare earth ions decreases with increasing of the concentration of another rare earth ions. - Highlights: • Photoluminescence properties of rare earth ions coactivated Ca{sub 9}Y(VO{sub 4}){sub 7} were investigated. • The effects of rare earth ions concentration on photoluminescence have been discussed. • The tunable luminescent color was found. • Cold, natural and warm white emissions were obtained.

  13. Luminescence as a new detection method for non-relativistic highly ionizing particles in water/ice neutrino telescopes

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    Pollmann, Anna [Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal (Germany); Collaboration: IceCube-Collaboration

    2016-07-01

    Cosmic ray detectors use air as a radiator for luminescence. In water and ice detectors Cherenkov light is the dominant light producing mechanism when the particle velocity exceeds the Cherenkov threshold, approximately three quarters of the speed of light. Luminescence is produced by highly ionizing particles passing through matter due to the excitation of the surrounding atoms. The observables of luminescence, such as the wavelength spectrum and decay times, are highly dependent on the properties of the medium. Therefore, the results of measurements, in which luminescence was produced by particles passing through water or ice, vary by two orders of magnitude in intensity. It is shown that, even for the most conservative intensity value, luminescence can be used as a detection method for highly ionizing particles with velocities below the Cherenkov threshold. These could be magnetic monopoles or other massive and highly penetrating exotic particles. In the most optimistic case, luminescence contributes even to the light output of standard model particles.

  14. Infrared, visible and upconversion emission of CaAl12O19 powders doped with Er3+, Yb3+ and Mg2+ ions

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    Singh, V.; Rai, V. K.; Lee, I.-J.; Ledoux-Rak, I.; Al-Shamery, K.; Nordmann, J.; Haase, M.

    2012-01-01

    CaAl12O19 powders doped with Er3+, Yb3+, and Mg2+ ions have been prepared by a low-temperature combustion synthesis technique. Formation and chemical compositions were analysed by powder X-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The visible luminescence spectra of the doped phosphor upon excitation with ˜378 nm radiation from a Xenon lamp have been studied. A broad band emission in the range of 1400-1700 nm with a peak around 1.5 µm and FWHM of about ˜80 nm responsible for the eye-safe telecommunication window has been observed upon direct excitation with a NIR laser into the 4I11/2 level of Er3+. The effect of co-doping with Yb3+ and Mg2+ ions in the CaAl12O19:Er3+ matrix on the photoluminescence intensity corresponding to the 2H11/2,4S3/2→4I15/2, 4F9/2→4I15/2 and 4I13/2→4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ is elaborated and discussed in detail.

  15. A single-channel method for evaluation of very magnitudes of Ca2+ ion fluxes through epsilon4/zeta1 N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor channels in bilayer lipid membranes.

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    Wakabayashi, M; Hirano, A; Sugawara, M; Uchino, S; Nakajima-Iijima, S

    2001-01-01

    A single-channel method for evaluating agonist selectivity in terms of the very number of Ca2+ ions passed through the epsilon4/zeta1 N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor ion channel in bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) is described. The number of Ca2+ passed through the single-channel was obtained from single-channel recordings in a medium where the primary permeant ion is Ca2+. The recombinant epsilon4/zeta1 NMDA channel was partially purified from Chinese hamster ovary cells expressing the channel and incorporated in BLMs formed by the tip-dip method. It was found that the epsilon4/zeta1 channel in BLMs is permeable to Ca2+ and Na+, but the number of Ca2+ passed through the channel is much fewer than that of Na+. The integrated Ca2+ currents induced by three typical agonists NMDA, L-glutamate and L-CCG-IV were obtained at concentration of 50 microM, where the integrated currents for all the agonists reached their saturated values. The integrated Ca2+ currents obtained are (3.1+/-0.21) x 10(-13) C/s for NMDA, (4.6+/-0.31) x 10(-13) C/s for L-glutamate and (5.7+/-0.25) x 10(-13) C/s for L-CCG-IV, respectively, suggesting that the three kinds of agonists have different efficacies to induce permeation of Ca2+. The range of the agonist selectivity thus obtained is much narrower than that of binding affinities for the NMDA receptors from rat brain. The present method is able to detect Ca2+ permeation with a detection limit of approximately 10(5) Ca2+ ions/s.

  16. Double-electron capture by highly-ionized atoms isolated at very low energy

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    Fogwell Hoogerheide, Shannon; Dreiling, Joan M.; Sahiner, Arda; Tan, Joseph N.

    2016-05-01

    Charge exchange with background gases, also known as electron capture processes, is important in the study of comets, controlled fusion energy, anti-matter atoms, and proposed one-electron ions in Rydberg states. However, there are few experiments in the very low energy regime that could be useful for further theoretical development. At NIST, highly-charged ions extracted from an electron-beam ion trap can be isolated with energy state. Analysis using a system of rate equations yields information about the ion cloud expansion and single-electron capture rates. A substantial amount of double-electron capture is also observed. We present the relative rates and discuss the error budget. SFH and JMD were funded by National Research Council Research Associateship Awards during some of this work.

  17. Effects of dissolved Ca2+, Mg2+, and Na+ ions on the supramolecular aggregation of natural organic matter in aqueous solutions

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    Ahn, W.; Kalinichev, A. G.; Clark, M. M.

    2008-12-01

    The complexation of natural organic matter (NOM) with metal ions, minerals and organic species in soil and water allows NOM to form water-soluble and water-insoluble aggregates of widely differing chemical and biological stabilities. Metal-NOM interaction induces strong correlations between the concentration of natural organic matter and the speciation, solubility and toxicity of many metals in the environment. In water purification and desalination, NOM is also implicated in fouling of nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes, either as the primary foulant or as a conditioning layer for microbial attachment ("biofouling"). In this work we investigated the effects of various metal ions on NOM aggregation in aqueous solutions, by a combination of dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations. This allows a detailed molecular-scale statistical analysis of the size and the structural topology of metal-NOM aggregates. The DLS measurements show that Ca2+ ions present in a Suwannee River NOM (SRNOM) solution lead to the formation of a wide range of supramolecular structures with sizes between 100 and 1,000 nm. In contrast, Mg2+ and Na+ do not affect the aggregation of SRNOM as strongly. SANS data are inconclusive but indicate the presence of quite large (>50 nm) fractal particles formed presumably through a cluster-cluster aggregation. MD simulations confirm these observations and show that NOM can aggregate in aqueous solutions by two different mechanisms. On the one hand, NOM molecules can spontaneously aggregate by hydrogen bonding between their functional groups when only Na+ and Mg2+ are present as background cations. This promotes the formation of uniformly shaped NOM clusters. On the other hand, if Ca2+ ions are present in solution, they can more strongly bind two different NOM molecules by co-complexing the carboxylate groups, thus promoting the formation of longer linear and

  18. Stress-induced buried waveguides in the 0.8CaSiO{sub 3}–0.2Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} eutectic glass doped with Nd{sup 3+} ions

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    Sola, D., E-mail: dsola@unizar.es [Centro de Física de Materiales, CSIC-UPV/EHU, P° Manuel de Lardizabal, 5, 20.018 San Sebastián (Spain); Martínez de Mendibil, J. [Departamento de Física de Materiales, C-04, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28.049 Madrid (Spain); Vázquez de Aldana, J.R. [Grupo de Óptica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Salamanca, 37.008 Salamanca (Spain); Lifante, G. [Departamento de Física de Materiales, C-04, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28.049 Madrid (Spain); Balda, R. [Centro de Física de Materiales, CSIC-UPV/EHU, P° Manuel de Lardizabal, 5, 20.018 San Sebastián (Spain); Departamento de Física Aplicada I, E.T.S. Ingeniería de Bilbao, UPV/EHU, Alda. de Urquijo s/n, 48.013 Bilbao (Spain); Aza, A.H. de; Pena, P. [Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen 5, 28.049 Madrid (Spain); Fernández, J. [Centro de Física de Materiales, CSIC-UPV/EHU, P° Manuel de Lardizabal, 5, 20.018 San Sebastián (Spain); Departamento de Física Aplicada I, E.T.S. Ingeniería de Bilbao, UPV/EHU, Alda. de Urquijo s/n, 48.013 Bilbao (Spain)

    2013-08-01

    In this work the fabrication of buried optical waveguides by femtosecond laser inscription in the 0.8CaSiO{sub 3}–0.2Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} eutectic glass doped with Nd{sup 3+} ions is reported. The glass samples were prepared by melting the eutectic powder mixture in a Pt–10 wt.% Rh crucible at 1600 °C and pouring it in a preheated brass mould. Afterwards, the glass was annealed to release the inner stresses. Buried waveguides were fabricated by focusing beneath the surface a pulsed Ti:sapphire laser with a pulsewidth of 120 fs working at 1 kHz. Two adjacent parallel tracks were written to define a region where an increase in the refractive index occurs. The effects produced by the variation of the laser pulse energy as well as the lateral separation between tracks, scanning speed and focusing distance were studied. After the laser processing, the near-field intensity distribution at 633 nm of the waveguide's modes was studied demonstrating the confinement of both, the TE as the TM polarizations. In order to diminish the losses induced by colour centres absorption, heat treatments were carried out in the samples. The waveguide's modes were compared with respect to the samples without heat treatments. The spectroscopic properties of the neodymium ions have been characterized to evaluate in what extent their optical properties could be modified by the waveguide fabrication process and to elucidate the potential application of such waveguides as integrated laser sources.

  19. Affinity of Smectite and Divalent Metal Ions (Mg2+, Ca2+, Cu2+) with L-leucine: An Experimental and Theoretical Approach Relevant to Astrobiology

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    Pandey, Pramod; Pant, Chandra Kala; Gururani, Kavita; Arora, Priyanka; Pandey, Neetu; Bhatt, Preeti; Sharma, Yogesh; Negi, Jagmohan Singh; Mehata, Mohan Singh

    2015-12-01

    Earth is the only known planet bestowed with life. Several attempts have been made to explore the pathways of the origin of life on planet Earth. The search for the chemistry which gave rise to life has given answers related to the formation of biomonomers, and their adsorption on solid surfaces has gained much attention for the catalysis and stabilization processes related to the abiotic chemical evolution of the complex molecules of life. In this communication, surface interactions of L-leucine (Leu) on smectite (SMT) group of clay (viz. bentonite and montmorillonite) and their divalent metal ion (Mg2+, Ca2+ and Cu2+) incorporated on SMT has been studied to find the optimal conditions of time, pH, and concentration at ambient temperature (298 K). The progress of adsorption was followed spectrophotometrically and further characterized by FTIR, SEM/EDS and XRD. Leu, a neutral/non polar amino acid, was found to have more affinity in its zwitterionic form towards Cu2+- exchanged SMT and minimal affinity for Mg2+- exchanged SMT. The vibrational frequency shifts of —NH3 + and —COO- favor Van der Waal's forces during the course of surface interaction. Quantum calculations using density functional theory (DFT) have been applied to investigate the absolute value of metal ion affinities of Leu (Leu—M2+ complex, M = Mg2+, Ca2+, Cu2+) with the help of their physico-chemical parameters. The hydration effect on the relative stability and geometry of the individual species of Leu—M2+ × (H2O)n, ( n =2 and 4) has also been evaluated within the supermolecule approach. Evidence gathered from investigations of surface interactions, divalent metal ions affinities and hydration effects with biomolecules may be important for better understanding of chemical evolution, the stabilization of biomolecules on solid surfaces and biomolecular-metal interactions. These results may have implications for understanding the origin of life and the preservation of biomarkers.

  20. Mechanically induced strong red emission in samarium ions doped piezoelectric semiconductor CaZnOS for dynamic pressure sensing and imaging

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    Wang, Wei; Peng, Dengfeng; Zhang, Hanlu; Yang, Xiaohong; Pan, Caofeng

    2017-07-01

    Piezoelectric semiconductor with optical, electrical and mechanical multifunctions has great potential applications in future optoelectronic devices. The rich properties and applications mainly encompass the intrinsic structures and their coupling effects. Here, we report that lanthanide ions doped piezoelectric semiconductor CaZnOS:Sm3+ showing strong red emission induced by dynamic mechanical stress. Under moderate mechanical load, the doped piezoelectric semiconductor exhibits strong visible red emission to the naked eyes even under the day light. A flexible dynamic pressure sensor device is fabricated based on the prepared CaZnOS:Sm3+ powders. The mechanical-induced emission properties of the device are investigated by the optical fiber spectrometer. The linear characteristic emissions are attributed to the 4G5/2→6H5/2 (566 nm), 4G5/2→6H7/2 (580-632 nm), 4G5/2→6H9/2 (653-673 nm) and 4G5/2→6H11/2 (712-735 nm) f-f transitions of Sm3+ ions. The integral emission intensity is proportional to the value of applied pressure. By using the linear relationship between integrated emission intensity and the dynamic pressure, the real-time pressure distribution is visualized and recorded. Our results highlight that the incorporation of lanthanide luminescent ions into piezoelectric semiconductors as smart materials could be applied into the flexible mechanical-optical sensor device without additional auxiliary power, which has great potential for promising applications such as mapping of personalized handwriting, smart display, and human machine interface.

  1. Affinity of Smectite and Divalent Metal Ions (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Cu(2+)) with L-leucine: An Experimental and Theoretical Approach Relevant to Astrobiology.

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    Pandey, Pramod; Pant, Chandra Kala; Gururani, Kavita; Arora, Priyanka; Pandey, Neetu; Bhatt, Preeti; Sharma, Yogesh; Negi, Jagmohan Singh; Mehata, Mohan Singh

    2015-12-01

    Earth is the only known planet bestowed with life. Several attempts have been made to explore the pathways of the origin of life on planet Earth. The search for the chemistry which gave rise to life has given answers related to the formation of biomonomers, and their adsorption on solid surfaces has gained much attention for the catalysis and stabilization processes related to the abiotic chemical evolution of the complex molecules of life. In this communication, surface interactions of L-leucine (Leu) on smectite (SMT) group of clay (viz. bentonite and montmorillonite) and their divalent metal ion (Mg(2+), Ca(2+) and Cu(2+)) incorporated on SMT has been studied to find the optimal conditions of time, pH, and concentration at ambient temperature (298 K). The progress of adsorption was followed spectrophotometrically and further characterized by FTIR, SEM/EDS and XRD. Leu, a neutral/non polar amino acid, was found to have more affinity in its zwitterionic form towards Cu(2+)- exchanged SMT and minimal affinity for Mg(2+)- exchanged SMT. The vibrational frequency shifts of -NH3 (+) and -COO(-) favor Van der Waal's forces during the course of surface interaction. Quantum calculations using density functional theory (DFT) have been applied to investigate the absolute value of metal ion affinities of Leu (Leu-M(2+) complex, M = Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Cu(2+)) with the help of their physico-chemical parameters. The hydration effect on the relative stability and geometry of the individual species of Leu-M(2+) × (H2O)n, (n =2 and 4) has also been evaluated within the supermolecule approach. Evidence gathered from investigations of surface interactions, divalent metal ions affinities and hydration effects with biomolecules may be important for better understanding of chemical evolution, the stabilization of biomolecules on solid surfaces and biomolecular-metal interactions. These results may have implications for understanding the origin of life and the preservation of

  2. N = 3 - 3 Transitions of Ne-like Ions in the Iron Group, Especially Ca(10+) and Ti(12+)

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    Ishikawa, Y; Encarnacion, J L; Trabert, E

    2008-10-09

    The Ti XIII 2s{sup 2}2p{sup 5}3l-3l{prime} and 2s2p{sup 6}3l-3l{prime} transitions that have been discussed previously on the basis of beam-foil spectra and laser-produced plasmas in comparison to semi-empirically scaled computations have now been treated by accurate ab initio Multi-reference Moller-Plesset calculations. While most 2s{sup 2}2p{sup 5}3l-3l{prime} line identifications are supported by the new calculations, the 2s2p{sup 6}3l-3l{prime} transition arrays are revised. Theoretical level positions are given for all elements from Ca through Fe. The quality of the calculation is demonstrated on the beam-foil spectra of Ca.

  3. Demonstration of Regenerable, Large-Scale Ion Exchange System Using WBA Resin in Rialto, CA (Drinking Water Treatment - Pilot Scale)

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    2008-08-01

    Health Services CSTR continuously stirred tank reactor DoD Department of Defense DWEL drinking water equivalent level DWSP Drinking Water Supply...stirred tank reactor ( CSTR ) anoxic biodegradation process. The full-scale ion exchange process will be fully automated—being controlled by a PLC

  4. Effect of Strontium Ion on the Growth and Second-Harmonic Generation Properties of GdCa4O(BO3)3 Crystal

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    张树君; 程振祥; 刘均海; 韩建儒; 王继扬; 邵宗书; 陈焕矗

    2001-01-01

    Large sized and optical quality GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB) crystal with calcium partially substituted by strontium (Sr) ions was grown for the first time. The x-ray powder diffraction shows that the Sr ion has an effect on the cell parameters of the GdCOB crystal Second-harmonic generation (SHG) experiments were performed on the Sr:GdCOB and GdCOB crystals along the spatial phase-matching direction. The results show that the cw green laser output power is 1.04 W when the laser diode pump power is 10 W in the Nd:YVO4/Sr:GdCOB intracavity laser. Considering the slope efficiency of Nd:YVO4 and the fundamental laser in cavity, the intracavity SHG conversion efficiency of the GdCOB crystal is 21% while it is 24% for the Sr:GdCOB crystal, the SHG conversion efficiency is improved by 14%. The effect of the Sr ions on the nonlinearity of the GdCOB crystal is also discussed by using the anion group theory.

  5. Activation of CRH receptor type 1 expressed on glutamatergic neurons increases excitability of CA1 pyramidal neurons by the modulation of voltage-gated ion channels

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH plays an important role in a substantial number of patients with stress-related mental disorders, such as anxiety disorders and depression. CRH has been shown to increase neuronal excitability in the hippocampus, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. The effects of CRH on neuronal excitability were investigated in acute hippocampal brain slices. Population spikes (PS and field excitatory postsynaptic potentials (fEPSP were evoked by stimulating Schaffer-collaterals and recorded simultaneously from the somatic and dendritic region of CA1 pyramidal neurons. CRH was found to increase PS amplitudes (mean  Standard error of the mean; 231.8  31.2% of control; n=10 while neither affecting fEPSPs (104.3 ± 4.2%; n=10 nor long-term potentiation (LTP. However, when Schaffer-collaterals were excited via action potentials (APs generated by stimulation of CA3 pyramidal neurons, CRH increased fEPSP amplitudes (119.8 ± 3.6%; n=8 and the magnitude of LTP in the CA1 region. Experiments in slices from transgenic mice revealed that the effect on PS amplitude is mediated exclusively by CRH receptor 1 (CRHR1 expressed on glutamatergic neurons. The effects of CRH on PS were dependent on phosphatase-2B, L- and T-type calcium channels and voltage-gated potassium channels but independent on intracellular Ca2+-elevation. In patch-clamp experiments, CRH increased the frequency and decay times of APs and decreased currents through A-type and delayed-rectifier potassium channels. These results suggest that CRH does not affect synaptic transmission per se, but modulates voltage-gated ion currents important for the generation of APs and hence elevates by this route overall neuronal activity.

  6. Efficient generation of highly ionized calcium and titanium plasma columns for collisionally excited soft-x-ray lasers in a fast capillary discharge

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    Rocca, J.J.; Cortazar, O.D.; Tomasel, F.G.; Szapiro, B.T. (Department of Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 (United States))

    1993-10-01

    Fast discharges through 1.5-mm-diam capillaries have produced dense Ca and Ti plasma columns with an abundance of Ne-like ions, which are of interest for the development of small-scale, collisionally excited soft-x-ray lasers. Current pulses of 30 ns full width at half maximum and peak currents of less than 70 kA produced plasmas with line emission from ions with charge up to the F-like state. Line emission at the wavelengths of the 3[ital p]-3[ital s] and 3[ital d]-3[ital p] transitions of the Ne-like ions has been observed.

  7. An attempt to apply the inelastic thermal spike model to surface modifications of CaF2 induced by highly charged ions: comparison to swift heavy ions effects and extension to some others material

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    Dufour, C.; Khomrenkov, V.; Wang, Y. Y.; Wang, Z. G.; Aumayr, F.; Toulemonde, M.

    2017-03-01

    Surface damage appears on materials irradiated by highly charged ions (HCI). Since a direct link has been found between surface damage created by HCI with the one created by swift heavy ions (SHI), the inelastic thermal spike model (i-TS model) developed to explain track creation resulting from the electron excitation induced by SHI can also be applied to describe the response of materials under HCI which transfers its potential energy to electrons of the target. An experimental description of the appearance of the hillock-like nanoscale protrusions induced by SHI at the surface of CaF2 is presented in comparison with track formation in bulk which shows that the only parameter on which we can be confident is the electronic energy loss threshold. Track size and electronic energy loss threshold resulting from SHI irradiation of CaF2 is described by the i-TS model in a 2D geometry. Based on this description the i-TS model is extended to three dimensions to describe the potential threshold of appearance of protrusions by HCI in CaF2 and to other crystalline materials (LiF, crystalline SiO2, mica, LiNbO3, SrTiO3, ZnO, TiO2, HOPG). The strength of the electron–phonon coupling and the depth in which the potential energy is deposited near the surface combined with the energy necessary to melt the material defines the classification of the material sensitivity. As done for SHI, the band gap of the material may play an important role in the determination of the depth in which the potential energy is deposited. Moreover larger is the initial potential energy and larger is the depth in which it is deposited.

  8. An attempt to apply the inelastic thermal spike model to surface modifications of CaF2 induced by highly charged ions: comparison to swift heavy ions effects and extension to some others material.

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    Dufour, C; Khomrenkov, V; Wang, Y Y; Wang, Z G; Aumayr, F; Toulemonde, M

    2017-03-08

    Surface damage appears on materials irradiated by highly charged ions (HCI). Since a direct link has been found between surface damage created by HCI with the one created by swift heavy ions (SHI), the inelastic thermal spike model (i-TS model) developed to explain track creation resulting from the electron excitation induced by SHI can also be applied to describe the response of materials under HCI which transfers its potential energy to electrons of the target. An experimental description of the appearance of the hillock-like nanoscale protrusions induced by SHI at the surface of CaF2 is presented in comparison with track formation in bulk which shows that the only parameter on which we can be confident is the electronic energy loss threshold. Track size and electronic energy loss threshold resulting from SHI irradiation of CaF2 is described by the i-TS model in a 2D geometry. Based on this description the i-TS model is extended to three dimensions to describe the potential threshold of appearance of protrusions by HCI in CaF2 and to other crystalline materials (LiF, crystalline SiO2, mica, LiNbO3, SrTiO3, ZnO, TiO2, HOPG). The strength of the electron-phonon coupling and the depth in which the potential energy is deposited near the surface combined with the energy necessary to melt the material defines the classification of the material sensitivity. As done for SHI, the band gap of the material may play an important role in the determination of the depth in which the potential energy is deposited. Moreover larger is the initial potential energy and larger is the depth in which it is deposited.

  9. DYNAMICS OF K +, NA +, CA2 + IONS IN RICE PLANTS (Oryza sativa L. IN ONTOGENESIS UNDER SOIL SALINITY

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    Tkacheva M. S.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Under conditions of vegetation experiment at soil artificial chloride salinization the dynamics of accumulation and distribution of sodium, potassium and calcium in organs of rice plants (Oryza sativa L. have been studied, as well as their correlation with tissue hydration in ontogenesis. The significant restriction of salinization ions transport and accumulation, particularly sodium, in the actively functioning upper leaves and panicles has been observed. Whereas the content of calcium and potassium in the experimental and control plants differed slightly

  10. Influence of foreign metal ions on crystal growth and morphology of brushite (CaHPO 4, 2H 2O) and its transformation to octacalcium phosphate and apatite

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    Lundager Madsen, Hans E.

    2008-05-01

    Brushite, forming tabular crystals, has been precipitated at 25 °C in the presence of each of 14 different di- and trivalent metal ions. The influence of these ions at micromolar concentrations on the solvent-mediated phase transformation of brushite to more basic calcium phosphates has been studied as well. The effect of additives on brushite crystallization was pH-dependent, which could be related to the presence or absence of amorphous precipitate. In the latter case the course of the crystallization process could be followed by recording pH as function of time. For half of the additives kinetic analysis was possible and showed that the crystal growth mechanism is surface nucleation. Edge free energy is lowered in the presence of an additive. Zn favoured aggregates, and the transition metals with the exceptions of Mn(II), Co(II) and Cu(II) favoured irregular growth. Zn inhibited lateral growth, as did Cd and Cr(III) at low and Cu(II) at high pH. Most of the ions have a marked effect on the transformation to octacalcium phosphate (OCP) and hydroxyapatite (HAP) as well. In both cases Cu(II) and Zn are strong inhibitors, whereas Pb(II) is a moderate promotor. Fe in both oxidation states, Co(II), Mn(II) and Sr are intermediate in effect on phase transformation. Inhibition may be caused by adsorbed foreign ions impeding growth of nuclei or by poisoning of the substrate for heterogeneous nucleation, i.e. brushite crystals. Promotion is explained by the formation of nuclei with suitable crystal structure, e.g. apatite/pyromorphite (Ca,Pb) 5OH(PO 4) 3 in the case of Pb.

  11. Basic non-linear effects in silicon radiation detector in detection of highly ionizing particles: registration of ultra rare events of superheavy nuclei in the long-term experiments

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    Tsyganov, Y S

    2015-01-01

    Sources of non-linear response of PIPS detector, when detecting highly ionizing particles like recoils (EVR), fission fragments and heavy ions, including formation of large pulse-height defect (PHD) are considered. An analytical formula to calculate the recombination component of EVR PHD is proposed on the base of surface recombination model with some empirical correction. PC-based simulation code for generating the spectrum of the measured recoil signal amplitudes of the heavy implanted nuclei is presented. The simulated spectra are compared with the experimental ones for the different facilities: the Dubna Gas Filled Recoil Separator (DGFRS), SHIP and RIKEN gas-filled separator. After the short reviewing of the detection system of the DGFRS, is considered the real-time matrix algorithm application aimed to the radical background suppression in the complete-fusion heavy-ion induced nuclear reactions. Typical examples of application in the long term experiments aimed to the synthesis of superheavy elements Z=...

  12. Spectral parameters of Nd3+ ion in Nd sup 3 sup + :LaCa sub 4 O(BO sub 3) sub 3 crystal

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    Yi, L

    2003-01-01

    The spectral parameters of Nd sup 3 sup + ions in Nd:LaCa sub 4 O(BO sub 3) sub 3 crystal have been investigated based on Judd-Ofelt theory. The spectral parameters were obtained: the intensity parameters OMEGA sublambda are OMEGA sub 2 =1.98 x 10 sup - sup 2 sup 0 cm sup 2 , OMEGA sub 4 =2.39 x 10 sup - sup 2 sup 0 cm sup 2 , OMEGA sub 6 =1.38 x 10 sup - sup 2 sup 0 cm sup 2 , the radioactive lifetime is 655 mu s, the quantum efficiency is 10%, and the fluorescence branch ratios were calculated: beta sub 1 = 0.51, beta sub 2 = 0.42, beta sub 3 = 0.066, beta sub 4 = 0.003. (orig.)

  13. Kinetic and thermodynamic studies of the Co(II) and Ni(II) ions removal from aqueous solutions by Ca-Mg phosphates.

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    Ivanets, A I; Srivastava, V; Kitikova, N V; Shashkova, I L; Sillanpää, M

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this work was to study the sorption kinetics and thermodynamics of Co(II) and Ni(II) from aqueous solutions by sorbents on the basis of hydrogen (PD-1) and tertiary (PD-2) Ca-Mg phosphates depending on the solution temperature and sorbents chemical composition. Kinetic studies of adsorption of Co(II) and Ni(II) ions onto samples of phosphate sorbents were performed in batch experiment at the temperatures 288, 303, 318 and 333 K. The sorbent dose was fixed at 10 g L(-1), initial pH value 2.6, and contact time varied from 5 to 600 min. The kinetics of Co(II) and Ni(II) adsorption were analyzed by using pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order and intraparticle diffusion models. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS°) for the sorption of Co(II) and Ni(II) were determined using the Gibbs-Helmholtz equation. The calculated kinetic parameters and corresponding correlation coefficients revealed that Co(II) and Ni(II) uptake process followed the pseudo-second order rate expression. Thermodynamic studies confirmed the spontaneous and endothermic nature of removal process which indicate that sorption of Co(II) and Ni(II) ions onto both phosphate sorbents is favoured at higher temperatures and has the chemisorptive mechanism. The data thus obtained would be useful for practical application of the low cost and highly effective Ca-Mg phosphate sorbents.

  14. All three Ca[superscript 2+]-binding loops of photoproteins bind calcium ions: The crystal structures of calcium-loaded apo-aequorin and apo-obelin

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    Deng, Lu; Vysotski, Eugene S.; Markova, Svetlana V.; Liu, Zhi-Jie; Lee, John; Rose, John; Wang, Bi-Cheng (Georgia)

    2010-07-13

    The crystal structures of calcium-loaded apoaequorin and apo-obelin have been determined at resolutions 1.7 {angstrom} and 2.2 {angstrom}, respectively. A calcium ion is observed in each of the three EF-hand loops that have the canonical calcium-binding sequence, and each is coordinated in the characteristic pentagonal bipyramidal configuration. The calcium-loaded apo-proteins retain the same compact scaffold and overall fold as the unreacted photoproteins containing the bound substrate, 2-hydroperoxycoelenterazine, and also the same as the Ca{sup 2+}-discharged obelin bound with the product, coelenteramide. Nevertheless, there are easily discerned shifts in both helix and loop regions, and the shifts are not the same between the two proteins. It is suggested that these subtle shifts are the basis of the ability of these photoproteins to sense Ca{sup 2+} concentration transients and to produce their bioluminescence response on the millisecond timescale. A mechanism of intrastructural transmission of the calcium signal is proposed.

  15. In situ preparation of powder and the sorption behaviors of molecularly imprinted polymers through the complexation between polymer ion of methyl methacrylate/acrylic acid and Ca++ ion.

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    Chough, Sung Hyo; Park, Kwang Ho; Cho, Seung Jin; Park, Hye Ryoung

    2014-09-02

    Molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) powders were prepared using a simple complexation strategy between the polymer carboxylate groups and template molecule followed by metal cation cross-linking of residual polymer carboxylates. Polymer powders were formed in situ by templating carboxylic acid containing polymers with 4-ethylaniline (4-EA), followed by addition of an aqueous CaCl2 solution. The solution remained homogeneous. The powders were prepared by precipitation by slowly adding a non-solvent, H2O, to the mixture. The resulting particles were very porous with uptake capacity that approached the theoretical value. We suggest two types of complexes are formed between the template, 4-EA, and polymer. The isolated entry type forms well defined cavities for the template with high specific selectivity, while the adjacent entry type forms wider binding sites without specific sorption for isomeric molecules. To evaluate conditions for forming materials with high affinity and selectivity, three MIPs were prepared containing 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 equivalents of template to the base polymer. The MIP containing 0.5 eq showed higher specific selectivity to 4-EA, but the MIP containing 1.5 eq had noticeably lower selectivity. The lower selectivity is attributed to poorly formed binding sites with little selective sorption to any isomer when the higher ratio of template was used. However at the lower ratio of template the isolated entry is preferably formed to produce well defined binding cavities with higher selectivity to template.

  16. NGC 6302: high-ionization permitted lines. Applying X-SSN synthesis to VLT-UVES spectra

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    Pequignot, Daniel; Casassus, Simon

    2011-01-01

    A preliminary VLT-UVES spectrum of NGC 6302 (Casassus et al. 2002, MN), which hosts one of the hottest PN nuclei known (Teff ~ 220000 K; Wright et al. 2011, MN), has been recently analysed by means of X-SSN, a spectrum synthesis code for nebulae (Morisset and P\\'equignot). Permitted recombination lines from highly-ionized species are detected/identified for the first time in a PN, and some of them probably for the first time in (Astro)Physics. The need for a homogeneous, high signal-to-noise UVES spectrum for NGC 6302 is advocated.

  17. Influence of some foreign metal ions on crystal growth kinetics of brushite (CaHPO 4·2H 2O)

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    Rosa, Silvia; Lundager Madsen, Hans E.

    2010-10-01

    Brushite, CaHPO 4·2H 2O, has been precipitated at 25 °C in the presence of Mg 2+, Ba 2+ or Cu 2+ at concentrations up to 0.5 mM. When initial pH is sufficiently low to exclude nanocrystalline apatite as the initial solid phase, overall crystal growth rate may be determined from simple mass crystallization by recording pH as function of time. A combination of surface nucleation (birth-and-spread) and spiral (BCF) growth was found. Edge free energy was determined from the former contribution and was found to be a linear function of chemical potential of the additive, indicating constant adsorption over a wide range of additive concentrations. Average distances between adsorbed additive ions as calculated from slopes of plots are compatible with lattice parameters of brushite: 0.54 nm for Mg 2+, 0.43 nm for Ba 2+ and 0.86 nm for Cu 2+. With the latter a sharp decrease in growth rate occurred early in the crystallization process, followed by an equally sharp increase to the previous level. When interpreted in terms of the Cabrera-Vermilyea theory of crystal growth inhibition, the results are consistent with an average distance between Cu ions of 0.88 nm, in perfect agreement with the above value.

  18. Rapid and effective synthesis of $\\text{}^{40}\\text{Ca}-\\text{}^{27}\\text{Al}$ ion pair towards quantum logic optical clock

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    Shang, Junjuan; Cao, Jian; Wang, Shaomao; Shu, Hualin; Huang, Xueren

    2016-01-01

    High precision atomic clocks have been applied not only to very important technological problems such as synchronization and global navigation systems, but to the fundament precision measurement physics. Single $\\text{}^{27}\\text{Al}^+$ is one of the most attractions of selection system due to its very low blackbody radiation effect which dominates frequency shifts in other optical clock systems. Up to now, the $\\text{}^{27}\\text{Al}^+$ still could not be laser-cooled directly by reason that the absence of 167nm laser. Sympathetic cooling is a viable method to solve this problem. In this work, we used a single laser cooled $\\text{}^{40}\\text{Ca}^+$ to sympathetically cool one $\\text{}^{27}\\text{Al}^+$ in linear Paul trap. Comparing to laser ablation method we got a much lower velocity atoms sprayed from a home-made atom oven, which would make loading aluminum ion more efficient and the sympathetic cooling much easier. By the method of precisely measuring the secular frequency of the ion pair, finally we prove...

  19. Facile synthesis of yellow-emitting CaAlSiN3:Ce3+ phosphors and the enhancement of red-component by co-doping Eu2+ ions

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    Chen, Jingjing; Zhao, Yang; Li, Guanghao; Mao, Zhiyong; Wang, Dajian; Bie, Lijian

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, facile synthesis of CaAlSiN3:Ce3+ yellow-emitting phosphors under atmospheric pressure at a moderate temperature and their photoluminescent properties are reported. The prepared CaAlSiN3:Ce3+ phosphors exhibit a broad yellow emission band positioned at 580 nm and covering a bandwidth of 150 nm. The thermal stability of CaAlSiN3:Ce3+ phosphors shows obvious superiority than the commercial YAG: Ce3+ phosphor, indicating its promising application prospect in power LEDs. In addition, the enhancement of red-light component for CaAlSiN3:Ce3+ phosphor is demonstrated by co-doping Eu2+ ions. This study offers a facile route to prepare CaAlSiN3:Ce3+ yellow-emitting phosphors, which may be used as a promising candidate for high performance white LEDs.

  20. Laser-induced positive ion and neutral atom/molecule emissions from single-crystal CaHPO4 center dot 2H20: The role of electron-beam-induced defects

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    Dawes, Mary L.(Washington State University); Hess, Wayne P.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Kawaguchi, Yuji (VISITORS); Langford, S C.(Washington State University); Dickinson, J. Tom (Washington State University)

    1998-11-01

    We examine laser-induced ion and neutral emissions from single-crystal CaHPO4 center dot 2H2O (brushite), a wide-band-gap, hydrated inorganic single crystal, with 248-nm excimer laser radiation. Both laser-induced ion and neutral emissions are several orders magnitude higher following exposure to 2keV electrons at current densities of 200 uA/cm2 and doses of 1 C/cm2. In addition to intense Ca+ signals, electron-irradiated surfaces yield substantial CaO+, PO+, and P+ signals. As-grown and as-cleaved brushite show only weak neutral O2 and Ca emissions, whereas electron-irradiated surfaces yield enhanced O2, Ca, PO, PO2, and P emissions. Electron irradiation (i) significantly heats the sample, leading to thermal dehydration (CaHPO4 formation) and pyrolysis (Ca2P2O7 formation)and (ii) chemically reduces the surface via electron stimulated desorption. The thermal effects are accompanied by morphological changes, including recrystallization. Although complex, these changes lead to high defect densities, which are responsible for the dramatic enhancements in the observed laser desorption.

  1. Laser-induced positive ion and neutral atom/molecule emission from single-crystal CaHPO4.2H2O: The role of electron-beam-induced defects

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    Dawes, M. L.; Hess, W.; Kawaguchi, Y.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    We examine laser-induced ion and neutral emissions from single-crystal CaHPO4.2H2O (brushite), a wide-band-gap, hydrated inorganic single crystal, with 248-nm excimer laser radiation. Both laser-induced ion and neutral emissions are several orders of magnitude higher following exposure to 2 keV electrons at current densities of 200 μA/cm2 and doses of 1 C/cm2. In addition to intense Ca+ signals, electron-irradiated surfaces yield substantial CaO+, PO+, and P+ signals. As-grown and as-cleaved brushite show only weak neutral O2 and Ca emissions, whereas electron-irradiated surfaces yield enhanced O2, Ca, PO, PO2, and P emissions. Electron irradiation (i) significantly heats the sample, leading to thermal dehydration (CaHPO4 formation) and pyrolysis (Ca2P2O7 formation) and (ii) chemically reduces the surface via electron stimulated desorption. The thermal effects are accompanied by morphological changes, including recrystallization. Although complex, these changes lead to high defect densities, which are responsible for the dramatic enhancements in the observed laser desorption.

  2. Swift Heavy Ion Induced Defect Study in Epitaxial n-Type CaAs from {In} {Situ} Hall Effect Measurements

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    Mikou, M.; Carin, R.; Bogdanski, P.; Marie, P.

    1997-08-01

    N-type (Si-doped, N_D ≈ 10^{17} cm^{-3}) GaAs epitaxial layers (MOCVD) are irradiated at 77 K with oxygen (0.163 GeV), krypton (5.15 GeV), xenon (5.73 GeV) and at 300 K with krypton (5.15 GeV). Hall effect measurements are performed, in situ, with increasing fluence. A decrease of the electron concentration and a degradation of the Hall mobility, respectively due to trapping and to scattering on irradiation-induced point defects are pointed out. In the heavily doped layers, shallow donor impurities merge with the conduction band in distorted band tail. A simple two band conduction model is used as a simulation tool, which allows the carrier Hall concentration variation to be correctly fitted, as a function of both temperature and ion fluence. The Hall mobility versus fluence variation at 77 K, which is mainly limited by screened ionized impurities and defects, is also simulated. From these simulations, the arsenic vacancy levels E_1 and E_2 are most likely to correspond respectively to single acceptor (-/0) and single donor (0/+) transitions. The introduction rates of induced defects (in particular V_As) are estimated: the total experimental introduction rate appears to be about 50% of the theoretical atomic displacement rate associated with nuclear collisions, independently of ion nature and of temperature. Although electronic stopping power S_e is about 2000 times larger than nuclear stopping power S_n, it is then suggested that irradiation-induced electronic excitation, in the investigated range S_e = 1 12 MeV/μm, has no effect on the degradation of n-type GaAs epitaxial layers. Des couches épitaxiées de GaAs de type n (dopage au silicium, N_D ≈ 10^{17} cm^{-3}) sont irradiées à 77 K avec des ions oxygène (0,163 GeV), krypton (5,15 GeV), xénon (5,73 GeV) et à 300 K avec des ions krypton (5,15 GeV). Les mesures d'effet Hall sont effectuées in situ, au fur et à mesure de l'accroissement de fluence. On observe une diminution de la concentration

  3. Late-occurring chromosome aberrations and global DNA methylation in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells of CBA/CaJ mice exposed to silicon ({sup 28}Si) ions

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    Rithidech, Kanokporn Noy, E-mail: kanokporn.rithidech@stonybrookmedicine.edu [Pathology Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691 (United States); Honikel, Louise M. [Pathology Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691 (United States); Reungpathanaphong, Paiboon [Pathology Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691 (United States); Department of Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Faculty of Sciences, Kasetsart University, Chatuchuck, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand); Tungjai, Montree [Pathology Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691 (United States); Department of Radiologic Technology, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Center of Excellence for Molecular Imaging, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Jangiam, Witawat [Pathology Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Burapha University, Chonburi 20131 (Thailand); Whorton, Elbert B. [StatCom, PO Box 3041, Galveston, TX 77551 (United States)

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    Highlights: • Late-occurring chromosome aberrations were found in HSPCs of exposed CBA/CaJ mice. • A dose-dependent reduction in the level of global 5hmC was detected in HSPCs. • There is a link between reduced global 5hmC levels and genomic instability in vivo. • The level of global 5hmC is a better marker of radiation exposure than that of 5mC. - Abstract: Although myeloid leukemia (ML) is one of the major health concerns from exposure to space radiation, the risk prediction for developing ML is unsatisfactory. To increase the reliability of predicting ML risk, a much improved understanding of space radiation-induced changes in the target cells, i.e. hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs), is important. We focused on the in vivo induction of late-occurring damage in HSPCs of mice exposed to {sup 28}Si ions since such damage is associated with radiation-induced genomic instability (a key event of carcinogenesis). We gave adult male CBA/CaJ mice, known to be sensitive to radiation-induced ML, a whole-body exposure (2 fractionated exposures, 15 days apart, that totaled each selected dose, delivered at the dose-rate of 1 cGy/min) to various doses of 300 MeV/n {sup 28}Si ions, i.e. 0 (sham controls), 0.1, 0.25, or 0.5 Gy. At 6 months post-irradiation, we collected bone marrow cells from each mouse (five mice per treatment-group) for obtaining the myeloid-lineage of HSPC-derived clones for analyses. We measured the frequencies of late-occurring chromosome aberrations (CAs), using the genome-wide multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization method. The measurement of CAs was coupled with the characterization of the global DNA methylation patterns, i.e. 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC). A dose-dependent increase in the frequencies of CAs was detected (Analysis of Variance or ANOVA, p < 0.01), indicating the induction of genomic instability after exposure of mice to 300 MeV/n {sup 28}Si ions. Slight increases in the levels of 5m

  4. Proteomic Profiling of Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells after a Whole Body Exposure of CBA/CaJ Mice to Titanium (48Ti Ions

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Myeloid leukemia (ML is one of the major health concerns from exposure to radiation. However, the risk assessment for developing ML after exposure to space radiation remains uncertain. To reduce the uncertainty in risk prediction for ML, a much increased understanding of space radiation-induced changes in the target cells, i.e., hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs, is critically important. We used the label-free quantitative mass spectrometry (LFQMS proteomic approach to determine the expression of protein in HSPC-derived myeloid colonies obtained at an early time-point (one week and a late time-point (six months after an acute whole body exposure of CBA/CaJ mice to a total dose of 0, 0.1, 0.25, or 0.5 Gy of heavy-ion titanium (48Ti ions, which are the important component of radiation found in the space environment. Mice exposed to 0 Gy of 48Ti ions served as non-irradiated sham controls. There were five mice per treatment groups at each harvest time. The Trans-Proteomic Pipeline (TPP was used to assign a probability of a particular protein being in the sample. A proof-of-concept based Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA was used to characterize the functions, pathways, and networks of the identified proteins. Alterations of expression levels of proteins detected in samples collected at one week (wk post-irradiation reflects acute effects of exposure to 48Ti ions, while those detected in samples collected at six months (mos post-irradiation represent protein expression profiles involved in the induction of late-occurring damage (normally referred to as genomic instability. Our results obtained by using the IPA analyses indicate a wide array of signaling pathways involved in response to 1 GeV/n 48Ti ions at both harvest times. Our data also demonstrate that the patterns of protein expression profiles are dose and time dependent. The majority of proteins with altered expression levels are involved in cell cycle control, cellular growth and

  5. The low luminosity AGN in the LINER galaxy M81 BeppoSAX discovery of highly ionized gas

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    Pellegrini, S; Bassani, L; Malaguti, G; Palumbo, G G C; Persic, M

    2000-01-01

    The LINER nucleus of the nearby spiral galaxy M81 was pointed by BeppoSAX, which caught it at the highest (2-10) keV flux level observed so far. The LECS, MECS and PDS data, extending over (0.1-100) keV, are used to investigate the physical similarities and differences between LINERs and AGNs. The continuum is well fitted by a power law of photon index \\sim 1.84, modified by little absorption due to cold material. Superimposed on the continuum BeppoSAX detects a 6.7 keV emission line (confirming an ASCA result) and an absorption edge at 8.6 keV. Both spectral features are consistent with being produced by iron at the same high ionization level, and probably also with the same column density. So, we suggest that they originate from transmission through highly ionized thin material. Concerning the origin of the continuum emission, we do not observe signs of reflection from the optically thick material of an accretion disk, as usually found in Seyfert 1's (a 6.4 keV emission line and a broad bump peaking at 10-2...

  6. Cosmic distribution of highly ionized metals and their physical conditions in the EAGLE simulations

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    Rahmati, Alireza; Crain, Robert A; Oppenheimer, Benjamin D; Schaller, Matthieu; Theuns, Tom

    2015-01-01

    We study the distribution and evolution of highly ionised intergalactic metals in the Evolution and Assembly of Galaxies and their Environment (EAGLE) cosmological, hydrodynamical simulations. EAGLE has been shown to reproduce a wide range of galaxy properties while its subgrid feedback was calibrated without considering gas properties. We compare the predictions for the column density distribution functions (CDDFs) and cosmic densities of SiIV, CIV, NV, OVI and NeVIII absorbers with observations at redshift z = 0 to ~ 6 and find reasonable agreement, although there are some differences. We show that the typical physical densities of the absorbing gas increase with column density and redshift, but decrease with the ionization energy of the absorbing ion. The typical metallicity increases with both column density and time. The fraction of collisionally ionized metal absorbers increases with time and ionization energy. While our results show little sensitivity to the presence or absence of AGN feedback, increas...

  7. Driving large magnetic Reynolds number flow in highly ionized, unmagnetized plasmas

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    Weisberg, D. B.; Peterson, E.; Milhone, J.; Endrizzi, D.; Cooper, C.; Désangles, V.; Khalzov, I.; Siller, R.; Forest, C. B.

    2017-05-01

    Electrically driven, unmagnetized plasma flows have been generated in the Madison plasma dynamo experiment with magnetic Reynolds numbers exceeding the predicted Rmcrit = 200 threshold for flow-driven MHD instability excitation. The plasma flow is driven using ten thermally emissive lanthanum hexaboride cathodes which generate a J ×B torque in helium and argon plasmas. Detailed Mach probe measurements of plasma velocity for two flow topologies are presented: edge-localized drive using the multi-cusp boundary field and volumetric drive using an axial Helmholtz field. Radial velocity profiles show that the edge-driven flow is established via ion viscosity but is limited by a volumetric neutral drag force, and measurements of velocity shear compare favorably to the Braginskii transport theory. Volumetric flow drive is shown to produce larger velocity shear and has the correct flow profile for studying the magnetorotational instability.

  8. Highly Ionized Absorption in the X-ray Spectrum of Cyg X-1

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    Marshall, H L; Fang, T; Cui, W; Canizares, C R; Miller, J M; Lewin, W H G

    2001-01-01

    Using the Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS), we have found significant absorption features in the X-ray spectrum of Cyg X-1 taken in the continuous clocking mode. These features include resonance lines of He-like ions of S, Si, and Mg; the Ly alpha lines of H-like S, Si, Mg, and Ne; and several lower ionization lines of Fe XX, XXII, and XXIV. Preliminary analysis shows that the lines are resolved in many cases, giving line widths of order 300 km/s and are redshifted by 460 +/- 10 km/s. These features are interpreted in the context of an accreting stellar wind model that is ionized by the X-ray source. In addition, there are clear absorption features due to neutral Mg, Fe, and O in the interstellar medium.

  9. A comparison of two 40Ca+ single-ion optical frequency standards at the 5 × 10-17 level and an evaluation of systematic shifts

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    Huang, Y.; Guan, H.; Bian, W.; Ma, L.; Liang, K.; Li, T.; Gao, K.

    2017-05-01

    A comparison of two optical frequency standards and a detailed study of the systematic frequency shifts of each 40Ca+ single-ion optical frequency standard is presented. The methods used for the systematic shift evaluation of the comparison measurements are also provided. One of the ion traps runs at a chosen operating frequency of 24.7 MHz, determined by the differential scalar polarizability of the clock transition, at which frequency the rf-induced Stark shifts and second-order Doppler shifts cancel each other, yielding a great suppression in the combined micromotion shifts. After compensating for the micromotion, the two optical frequency standards both reach an uncertainty level of a few parts in 10-17, which is more than an order of magnitude smaller compared to a few years ago. The dominant source of uncertainty is the blackbody radiation shift after minimizing the micromotion-induced shifts. The blackbody radiation shift is evaluated by controlling and measuring the temperature at the trap center. With a measurement over one month, the frequency difference between the two clocks is measured to be 3.2 × 10-17 with a measurement uncertainty of 5.5 × 10-17, considering both the statistical (1.9 × 10-17) and the systematic (5.1 × 10-17) uncertainties. Due to improvement of the clock laser and better control of the optical and electromagnetic field geometry and the laboratory conditions, a fractional stability of 7 × 10-17 in 20,000 s of averaging time is achieved. The absolute frequency of the 40Ca+ 4 s2S1/2-3d 2D5/2 clock transition is measured as 411 042 129 776 401.7 (1.1) Hz, with a fractional uncertainty of 2.7 × 10-15 using the GPS satellites as a link to the SI second. Details of the method used for the systematic shift evaluation of the measurements are given.

  10. Highly Ionized Plasma in the Halo of a Luminous Spiral Galaxy Near z=0.225

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    Narayanan, Anand; Wakker, Bart P

    2010-01-01

    We present analyses of the physical conditions in the z=0.22496 and z=0.22638 multi-phase O VI absorption systems detected in the ultraviolet HST/STIS and FUSE spectra of the quasar H1821+643. Both absorbers are likely associated with the extended halo of a ~2L* Sbc-Sc galaxy situated at a projected distance of ~116 kpc from the sight line. The z=0.22496 absorber is detected in C II, C III, C IV, O III, O VI, Si II, Si III and H I at > 3 sigma significance. The low and intermediate ions in this absorber are consistent with an origin in photoionized gas with [Si/H] and [C/H] of -0.6 dex. In contrast, the broader O VI absorption is likely produced in collisionally ionized plasma under nonequilibrium conditions. The z=0.22638 system has broad-Lya (BLA) and C III absorption offset by v = -53 km/s from O VI. The H I and C III line widths for the BLA imply T = 1.1 x 10^5 K. For non-equilibrium cooling we obtain [C/H] of -1.5 dex and a total hydrogen column of N(H) = 3.2 x 10^{18} cm^-2 in the BLA. The O VI, offset ...

  11. The Properties and the Evolution of the Highly Ionized Gas in MR2251-178

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    Kaspi, S; Chelouche, D; George, I M; Turner, T J; Nandra, K

    2003-01-01

    We present the first XMM-Newton observations of the radio-quiet quasar MR2251-178. We model the X-ray spectrum with two power laws, one at high energies with a slope of \\Gamma=1.6 and the other to model the soft excess with a slope of \\Gamma=2.9, both absorbed by at least two warm absorbers (WAs). The high-resolution grating spectrum shows emission lines from N VI, O VII, O VIII, Ne IX, and Ne X, as well as absorption lines from the low ionization ions O III, O IV, and O V. A study of the spectral variations in MR2251-178 over a period of 8.5 years yields that all X-ray observations can be fitted with the above model. Luminosity variations over timescales of years seem to correlate with the soft excess variations but not with the WA properties variations. The overall picture is that of a stratified WA that enters and disappears from the line-of-sight on timescales of several months. We also present the first FUSE spectrum of MR2251-178. The general characteristics of the UV and X-ray absorbers seem to be cons...

  12. Effect of the exclusion of crustal ions (Ca2+, Mg 2+, and K+) in estimating water content of PM2.5 at polluted and clean areas

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    Lee, Hyung-Min; Kim, Yong Pyo

    2011-09-01

    Effect of the exclusion of crustal ions (Ca2+, Mg2+, and K+) in estimating water content of PM2.5 is investigated using a gas/aerosol equilibrium model, SCAPE 2 (Simulating Composition of Atmospheric Particles at Equilibrium 2), (Kim et al., 1993; Kim and Seinfeld, 1995; Meng et al., 1998), for the particles collected at polluted city, Seoul, and clean background offshore, Gosan, Korea. Measurement data show higher concentration of all inorganic species at Seoul, up to 5 times higher in average equivalent concentration especially for volatile species. At both sites there were sufficient equivalent fractions of t-NH3 (total ammonia = NH3+NH4+ to neutralize acidic species such as t-H2SO4 (total sulfuric acid = H2SO4+SO42-), t-HNO3 (total nitric acid = HNO3+NO3-) and t-HCl (total hydrochloric acid = HCl+Cl-). t-NH3 and t-HNO3 were higher at Seoul while t-H2SO4 was higher at Gosan. With respect to the estimated water content differences between with and without crustal ions, all the samples are classified into 3 cases; increased, decreased, and constant water content. We identified that change in inorganic composition contributes to increase of water content for aqueous aerosols. And those inorganic compositions vary differently according to ambient atmospheric composition. Meanwhile, aerosol phase shifting from the aqueous to solid phase is the main contributor to decrease of water content and binary salt composition change in the solid phase appears as no change of water content.

  13. The Search for Highly Ionizing Particles in e$^{+}$e$^{-}$ Collisions at LEP using (MODAL) (MOnopole Detector At Lep)

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    The experiment is designed to search for highly ionizing particles such as the monopole and the dyon. On the assumption that monopole-antimonopole pairs are produced via a virtual photon intermediate state, and have a mass in the range 0-100~GeV, a direct search for Dirac monopoles using e$^+$e$^-$ annihilation carries a distinct cross-sectional advantage over a search using hadron colliders.\\\\ \\\\ The MODAL detector is formed from Lexan/CR-39 dielectric track detector modules arranged in a polyhedral configuration outside of the vacuum pipe and around the intersection region, as shown on the opposite page. Etchable track detectors are more sensitive to particles at normal incidence, the shape of the detector was chosen with this fact in mind to allow for maximum acceptance of monopoles which leave the beam pipe. These dielectric track detectors will enable us to detect particles with magnetic charge: 20e$<$g$ _{d}

  14. A novel orange emitting Sm3+ ions doped NaCaAlPO4F3 phosphor: Optical and luminescence properties

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    Nagaraja, R.; Pushpa Manjari, V.; Sailaja, B.; Ravikumar, R. V. S. S. N.

    2017-02-01

    A novel orange light emitting Sm3+ ions doped NaCaAlPO4F3 phosphor was synthesized via solid state reaction. The prepared sample was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Optical absorption, Photoluminescence (PL) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. From powder XRD data, the average crystallite size and structural parameters are estimated. Absorption spectra consist of ten absorption peaks corresponding to the transitions from the 6H5/2 ground state to various excited energy levels. Transition probabilities, branching ratios and radiative lifetime were evaluated by using Judd-Ofelt analysis. Photoluminescence spectrum show three prominent emission bands centered at 562, 597 and 643 nm corresponding to the 4G5/2 → 6HJ (J = 5/2, 7/2 and 9/2) transitions respectively. From the emission transitions, stimulated emission cross-section (σe) and gain bandwidth (GBW) were predicted. The decay profiles of the prepared phosphor reveals the single exponential nature and the experimental lifetime is calculated. The colorimetric parameters CIE coordinates, Correlated color temperature of the prepared phosphor are also evaluated. FT-IR spectrum demonstrates the characteristic vibration bands of the prepared phosphor material.

  15. Asp residues of the Glu-Glu-Asp-Asp pore filter contribute to ion permeation and selectivity of the Ca(v)3.2 T-type channel.

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    Park, Hyun-Jee; Park, So-Jung; Ahn, Eun-Joo; Lee, So-Young; Seo, Haengsoo; Lee, Jung-Ha

    2013-09-01

    Voltage-activated Ca2+ channels are membrane protein machinery performing selective permeation of external calcium ions. The main Ca2+ selective filters of all high-voltage-activated Ca2+ channel isoforms are commonly composed of four Glu residues (EEEE), while those of low-voltage-activated T-type Ca2+ channel isoforms are made up of two Glu and two Asp residues (EEDD). We here investigate how the Asp residues at the pore loops of domains III and IV affect biophysical properties of the Ca(v)3.2 channel. Electrophysiological characterization of the pore mutant channels in which the pore Asp residue(s) were replaced with Glu, showed that both Asp residues critically control the biophysical properties of Ca(v)3.2, including relative permeability between Ba2+ and Ca2+, anomalous mole fraction effect (AMFE), voltage dependency of channel activation, Cd2+ blocking sensitivity, and pH effects, in distinctive ways. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Investigation of structural and luminescent properties of Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+} ions-doped Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F

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    Zhang, Lei [State Key Laboratory of Super-hard Materials, College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Fu, Zuoling, E-mail: zlfu@jlu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Super-hard Materials, College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Wu, Zhijian [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resources Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang, Yuan [School of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022 (China); Fu, Xihong [Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130033 (China); Cui, Tian, E-mail: cuitian@jlu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Super-hard Materials, College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2014-08-15

    Graphical abstract: The structural and luminescent properties FAP: Ce{sup 3+} and FAP: Ce{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+} were investigated in detail by the spectral measurement and theoretical calculation. The emission of Ce{sup 3+} is fitted by two Gaussian functions dashed lines in wavenumber to further confirm the Ce{sup 3+} ion simultaneously occupy the 4f and 6h sites Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4})F host. - Highlights: • A simple hydrothermal method has been used to prepare Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F: Ce{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+} powders with structural and luminescent analysis. • The emission of Ce{sup 3+} is fitted by two Gaussian functions to confirm the Ce{sup 3+} ion simultaneously to occupy the 4f and 6h sites in Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F host. • Due to an efficient energy transfer, the existence of Ce{sup 3+} (sensitizer) can dramatically enhance the green emission of Mn{sup 2+} (activator) in co-doped samples. - Abstract: Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+} ions-doped oxyapatite calcium fluorapatite [Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F, FAP] has been successfully synthesized by a facile one-step hydrothermal method. The luminescent properties of Ce{sup 3+}- and Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+}- activated FAP phosphors were investigated using the photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra. The emission of Ce{sup 3+} was fitted by two Gaussian functions with dashed lines in wavenumber to confirm the Ce{sup 3+} ion simultaneously to occupy the 4f and 6h sites in Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F host, which was consistent with the calculated results of crystal field based on chemical bond theory. In addition, the existence of Ce{sup 3+} (sensitizer) can dramatically enhance the green emission of Mn{sup 2+} (activator) in Ce{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 2+} ions co-doped samples due to an efficient energy transfer from Ce{sup 3+} to Mn{sup 2+}. All of these results could help us understand the site assignments and optical properties of the rare earth ions doped in hexagonal Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4

  17. Muscle weakness in Ryr1I4895T/WT knock-in mice as a result of reduced ryanodine receptor Ca2+ ion permeation and release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum.

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    Loy, Ryan E; Orynbayev, Murat; Xu, Le; Andronache, Zoita; Apostol, Simona; Zvaritch, Elena; MacLennan, David H; Meissner, Gerhard; Melzer, Werner; Dirksen, Robert T

    2011-01-01

    The type 1 isoform of the ryanodine receptor (RYR1) is the Ca(2+) release channel of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) that is activated during skeletal muscle excitation-contraction (EC) coupling. Mutations in the RYR1 gene cause several rare inherited skeletal muscle disorders, including malignant hyperthermia and central core disease (CCD). The human RYR1(I4898T) mutation is one of the most common CCD mutations. To elucidate the mechanism by which RYR1 function is altered by this mutation, we characterized in vivo muscle strength, EC coupling, SR Ca(2+) content, and RYR1 Ca(2+) release channel function using adult heterozygous Ryr1(I4895T/+) knock-in mice (IT/+). Compared with age-matched wild-type (WT) mice, IT/+ mice exhibited significantly reduced upper body and grip strength. In spite of normal total SR Ca(2+) content, both electrically evoked and 4-chloro-m-cresol-induced Ca(2+) release were significantly reduced and slowed in single intact flexor digitorum brevis fibers isolated from 4-6-mo-old IT/+ mice. The sensitivity of the SR Ca(2+) release mechanism to activation was not enhanced in fibers of IT/+ mice. Single-channel measurements of purified recombinant channels incorporated in planar lipid bilayers revealed that Ca(2+) permeation was abolished for homotetrameric IT channels and significantly reduced for heterotetrameric WT:IT channels. Collectively, these findings indicate that in vivo muscle weakness observed in IT/+ knock-in mice arises from a reduction in the magnitude and rate of RYR1 Ca(2+) release during EC coupling that results from the mutation producing a dominant-negative suppression of RYR1 channel Ca(2+) ion permeation.

  18. Efficient generation of high beam-quality attosecond pulse with polarization-gating Bessel-Gauss beam from highly-ionized media.

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    Li, Yang; Zhang, Qingbin; Hong, Weiyi; Wang, Shaoyi; Wang, Zhe; Lu, Peixiang

    2012-07-02

    Single attosecond pulse generation with polarization gating Bessel-Gauss beam in relatively strongly-ionized media is investigated. The results show that Bessel-Gauss beam has the ability to suppress the spatial plasma dispersion effects caused by high density of free electrons, thus the laser field can maintain its spatial profile through highly-ionized medium. This indicates the use of Bessel-Gauss beam has advantages over Gaussian beam in high harmonic generation under high ionization conditions. In our scheme, significant improvement of spatiotemporal properties of harmonics is achieved and an isolated attosecond pulse with high beam quality is filtered out using polarization gating.

  19. Kinetic parameters of the phenomenon of light emission thermally stimulated in CaF{sub 2} doped with Tm{sup 3+} ions; Parametros cineticos del fenomeno de emision de luz termicamente estimulada en CaF{sub 2} dopado con iones de Tm{sup 3+}

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    Gonzalez M, P. R. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Cruz Z, E.; Furetta, C., E-mail: pedro.gonzalez@inin.gob.mx [UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 70-543, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    Full text: The characterization of new thermoluminescent materials used in radiation dosimetry, require the determination of kinetic parameters, which are associated with the number and shape of the peaks representing brightness curves. The most important parameters are: energy or depth of the traps (E), the frequency factor (s) and order kinetics (b). These are necessary to predict the stability of the thermoluminescent information saved after the effect of irradiation on the material. In this paper, the results of the determination of kinetic parameters of CaF{sub 2} doped with Tm{sup 3+} ions are presented, after being irradiated with gamma rays of {sup 60}Co. The methods used for the determination of kinetic parameters were: initial growth of thermoluminescent signal, Chen method of type general order and by deconvolution of the brightness curve. The results showed that the brightness curve of CaF{sub 2} has three peaks, the main peak at 491 K and two smaller peaks, one at 431 and another at 573 K. The dosimetric peak (491 K) has general order kinetics. (Author)

  20. Large magnetocaloric effect in Ln{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Gd, DY) compounds: Conseqence of magnetic precursor effect of rare earth ions

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    Das, Kalipada, E-mail: kalipada.das@saha.ac.in; Paramanik, Tapas; Das, I.

    2015-01-15

    Magnetic, specific heat and magnetocaloric studies have been performed on rare earth calcium manganites; Ln{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Gd, Dy). The observed isothermal magnetic entropy change is fairly large at low temperature in the manganites family, which is attributed to the magnetic precursor effect of rare-earth ions. For Gd{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}, the isothermal magnetic entropy change (−ΔS) at 4 K, obtained for 7 T magnetic field, is as high as 22.8 J/kg K. On the other hand, −ΔS is 8.5 J/kg K for Dy{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}. The large value of magnetic entropy change at the cryogenic temperature range for these compounds is interesting from application point of view. - Highlights: • No long range magnetic ordering of Gd{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} and Dy{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} has been observed in magnetization measurement down to T=2 K still these compounds show large magnetocaloric effect. • Specific heat of the compounds in absence of magnetic field increases at low temperature (down to 3 K). • Results are analyzed considering magnetic precursor effect of rare earth ions (Gd and Dy ions)

  1. A Thermodynamic Model for Predicting Phosphorus Partition between CaO-based Slags and Hot Metal during Hot Metal Dephosphorization Pretreatment Process Based on the Ion and Molecule Coexistence Theory

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    Yang, Xue-min; Li, Jin-yan; Chai, Guo-ming; Duan, Dong-ping; Zhang, Jian

    2016-08-01

    A thermodynamic model for predicting phosphorus partition L P between a CaO-based slags and hot metal during hot metal dephosphorization pretreatment process has been developed based on the ion and molecule coexistence theory (IMCT), i.e., the IMCT- L P model. The reaction abilities of structural units or ion couples in the CaO-based slags have been represented by the calculated mass action concentrations N i through the developed IMCT- N i model based on the IMCT. The developed IMCT- L P model has been verified to be valid through comparing with the measured L P as well as the predicted L P by two reported L P models from the literature. Besides the total phosphorus partition L P between the CaO-based slag and hot metal, the respective phosphorus partitions L P, i of nine dephosphorization products as P2O5, 3FeO·P2O5, 4FeO·P2O5, 2CaO·P2O5, 3CaO·P2O5, 4CaO·P2O5, 2MgO·P2O5, 3MgO·P2O5, and 3MnO·P2O5 can also be accurately predicted by the developed IMCT- L P model. The formed 3CaO·P2O5 accounts for 99.20 pct of dephosphorization products comparing with the generated 4CaO·P2O5 for 0.08 pct. The comprehensive effect of CaO+Fe t O, which can be described by the mass percentage ratio (pct Fe t O)/(pct CaO) or the mass action concentration ratio N_{Fe}t O/N_{Fe}t O N_{CaO}. N_{CaO}} as well as the mass percentage product (pct Fe t O) × (pct CaO) or the mass action concentration product N_{{{{Fe}}t {{O}}}}5 × N_{{CaO}}3 , controls dephosphorization ability of the CaO-based slags. A linear relationship of L P against (pct Fe t O)/(pct CaO) can be correlated compared with a parabolic relationship of L P against N_{Fe}t O/N_{Fe}t O N_{CaO}. N_{CaO}, while the linear relationship of L P against (pct Fe t O) × (pct CaO) or N_{Fe}t O5 × N_{CaO}3 can be established. Thus, the mass percentage product (pct Fe t O) × (pct CaO) and the mass action concentration product N_{Fe}t O5 × N_{CaO}3 are recommended to represent the comprehensive effect of CaO+Fe t O on

  2. A priori calculations of hyperfine interactions in highly ionized atoms: g-factor measurements on aligned pico-second states populated in nuclear reactions

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    Stone, N. J., E-mail: n.stone@physics.ox.ac.uk; Stone, J. R. [University of Oxford (United Kingdom); Jonsson, P. [Malmo University (Sweden)

    2010-04-15

    Calculations of hyperfine interaction strength and life-times of states in highly ionized atoms, using the GRASP atomic structure package, are reported. The calculations aim at providing calibration for Recoil-in-Vacuum nuclear excited state g-factor measurements. The method is outlined and results compared with experiment. Inclusion of decay of higher electronic states is discussed.

  3. Highly ionized gas in the Gum nebula and elsewhere - A comparison of IUE and Copernicus satellite results

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    Edgar, Richard J.; Savage, Blair D.

    1992-01-01

    The data from six high-dispersion IUE echelle spectra are averaged in order to obtain an interstellar absorption line spectrum with an S/N of about 30 and a resolution of about 25 km/s. The interstellar lines of C IV and Si IV are very strong and broad and N V is detected. The profiles for these species and Al III are compared to the Copernicus satellite profiles for O VI. The high ionization lines toward HD 64760 are much stronger and broader than those recorded toward Zeta Pup and Gamma super 2 Vel, the two exciting stars of the Gum nebula. The profiles for Al III and Si IV are similar and considerably narrower than the O VI profile. An origin in photoionized Gum nebula gas is suggested as the most likely explanation for Al III and Si IV. The C IV profile has a high positive velocity wing extending to approximately +80 km/s, which is similar in appearance to the positive velocity portion of the O VI profile. It is inferred that a substantial part of the observed C IV has an origin in the collisionally ionized gas most likely rsponsible for the O VI.

  4. The COS-Halos Survey: Origins of the Highly Ionized Circumgalactic Medium of Star-Forming Galaxies

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    Werk, Jessica K; Cantalupo, Sebastiano; Fox, Andrew J; Oppenheimer, Benjamin; Tumlinson, Jason; Tripp, Todd M; Lehner, Nicolas; McQuinn, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    The total contribution of diffuse halo gas to the galaxy baryon budget strongly depends on its dominant ionization state. In this paper, we address the physical conditions in the highly-ionized circumgalactic medium (CGM) traced by OVI absorption lines observed in COS-Halos spectra. We analyze the observed ionic column densities, absorption-line widths and relative velocities, along with the ratios of NV/OVI for 39 fitted Voigt profile components of OVI. We compare these quantities with the predictions given by a wide range of ionization models. Photoionization models that include only extragalactic UV background radiation are ruled out; conservatively, the upper limits to NV/OVI and measurements of N$_{\\rm OVI}$ imply unphysically large path lengths $\\gtrsim$ 100 kpc. Furthermore, very broad OVI absorption (b $>$ 40 km/s) is a defining characteristic of the CGM of star-forming L$^{*}$ galaxies. We highlight two possible origins for the bulk of the observed OVI: (1) highly structured gas clouds photoionized p...

  5. A VLT/MUSE view of the highly ionized outflow cones in the nearby starburst ESO338-IG04

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    Bik, A; Hayes, M; Adamo, A; Melinder, J; Amram, P

    2015-01-01

    Despite the fact that the Ly$\\alpha$ line is an important diagnostic for star formation at high redshift, the interpretation of its flux and line profile is difficult due to its resonance nature. Trends between the escape of Ly$\\alpha$ photons and dust and ISM properties have been found, but detailed comparisons between Ly$\\alpha$ emission and the properties of the gas in local high redshift analogues are vital to understand the relation between Ly$\\alpha$ emission and galaxy properties. For the first time we can directly infer the properties of the ionized gas at the same location and comparable spatial scales of the extended Ly$\\alpha$ halo around ESO 338-IG04. VLT/MUSE integral field spectra have been obtained. We use ionization parameter mapping of the [SII/OIII] line ratio and the kinematics of H$\\alpha$ to study the ionization state and kinematics of the interstellar medium of ESO 338. The velocity map reveals two outflows. The entire central area of the galaxy is highly ionized by photons leaking from ...

  6. Ion-exchanged binuclear Ca2OX clusters, X = 1-4, as active sites of selective oxidation over MOR and FAU zeolites.

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    Larin, A V; Zhidomirov, G M; Trubnikov, D N; Vercauteren, D P

    2010-01-30

    A new series of calcium oxide clusters Ca(2)O(X) (X = 1-4) at cationic positions of mordenite (MOR) and faujasite (FAU) is studied via the isolated cluster approach. Active oxide framework fragments are represented via 8-membered window (8R) in MOR, and two 6R and 4R windows (6R+4R) possessing one common Si-O-Si moiety in FAU. Structural similarities between the Ca(2)O(X)(8R) and Ca(2)O(X)(6R+4R) moieties are considered up to X = 4. High oxidation possibilities of the Ca(2)O(2)(nR) and Ca(2)O(3)(nR) systems are demonstrated relative to CO, whose oxidation over the Ca-exchanged zeolite forms is well studied experimentally. Relevance of the oxide cluster models with respect to trapping and desorption of singlet dioxygen is discussed.

  7. 习水地区不同类型水主要离子及Sr2+、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)组成特征%Composition Characteristics of Major Ions and ρ (Sr2 +) ,ρ (Sr)/ρ (Ca),ρ (Sr)/ρ (Mg) Value in Different Types of Water in Xishui

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    黄奇波; 覃小群; 唐建生; 苏春田

    2012-01-01

    After sampling and analyzing major ions concentration and ρ(Sr2 + ) ,ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca) ,ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg) value in different types of water from Xishui basin, low major ions concentration is found in bedrock fracture water. But TDS content and pH value are higher than in the karst water. The concentration of Ca2 +, HCO3-, TDS and the value of ρ( Sr)/ρ( Ca) and ρ( Sr)/ρ( Mg) in outlet water of under ground river are as the value in limestone water ture dolomite water, bedrock fracture water, and rainwater, reflecting that the underground river water is the mixtave of these four types of water. The underground water flowing over different rock formation has different value of ρ(Sr2 + ) , ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca) , ρ( Sr)/ρ( Mg). Generally speaking, the bedrock fracture water flowing over sandstone formation contains low ρ( Sr2 + ) but high ρ( Sr ) /ρ(Ca ) ,ρ( Sr) /ρ( Mg ). Recharged by the water from limestone or coal measure formation, the fracture water of sandstone has high ρ(Sr2+ ) ,ρ(Sr)/ ρ(Ca) and ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg). The value of ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca) ,ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg) is low in recharge area of karst water, but high in runoff and discharge area, yet highest in slow runoff area, not affected by environmental pollution, ref-leciting the formation environment of karst water.%通过对习水地区不同类型水的主要阴阳离子及Sr2+、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)组成分析,发现水中各种主要离子及TDS含量基岩裂隙水小于岩溶水,ρH则相反.地下河出口水的Ca2+、HCO3-、TDS浓度及ρ(Sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ (Mg)值均位于灰岩水、白云岩水、基岩裂隙水、雨水之间,反映出地下河水是由这4种水混合而成.流经不同岩层的地下水具有不同的Sr2+、ρ(Sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)值.一般来说,流经砂岩层的基岩裂隙水Sr2+含量低,而ρ(Sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ (Mg)值较高,当砂岩中的基岩裂隙水受到灰岩水或煤系地层水补给时,其Sr2+、ρ(sr)/ρ (Ca)、ρ(Sr)/ρ(Mg)值均较高;岩溶

  8. The COS-Halos Survey: Origins of the Highly Ionized Circumgalactic Medium of Star-Forming Galaxies

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    Werk, Jessica K.; Prochaska, J. Xavier; Cantalupo, Sebastiano; Fox, Andrew J.; Oppenheimer, Benjamin; Tumlinson, Jason; Tripp, Todd M.; Lehner, Nicolas; McQuinn, Matthew

    2016-12-01

    The total contribution of diffuse halo gas to the galaxy baryon budget strongly depends on its dominant ionization state. In this paper, we address the physical conditions in the highly ionized circumgalactic medium (CGM) traced by {{O}} {{VI}} absorption lines observed in COS-Halos spectra. We analyze the observed ionic column densities, absorption-line widths and relative velocities, along with the ratios of {{N}} {{V}}/{{O}} {{VI}} for 39 fitted Voigt profile components of O vi. We compare these quantities with the predictions given by a wide range of ionization models. Photoionization models that include only extragalactic UV background radiation are ruled out; conservatively, the upper limits to {{N}} {{V}}/{{O}} {{VI}} and measurements of {N}{{O}{{VI}}} imply unphysically large path lengths ≳100 kpc. Furthermore, very broad {{O}} {{VI}} absorption (b > 40 km s-1) is a defining characteristic of the CGM of star-forming L* galaxies. We highlight two possible origins for the bulk of the observed {{O}} {{VI}}: (1) highly structured gas clouds photoionized primarily by local high-energy sources or (2) gas radiatively cooling on large scales behind a supersonic wind. Approximately 20% of circumgalactic O vi does not align with any low-ionization state gas within ±50 km s-1 and is found only in halos with {M}{halo} absorption traces the hot corona itself at a characteristic temperature of {10}5.5 K. We discuss the implications of these very distinct physical origins for the dynamical state, gas cooling rates, and total baryonic content of L* gaseous halos.

  9. Effect of Ca{sup 2+} and Sr{sup 2+} alkaline earth ions on luminescence properties of BaAl{sub 12}O{sub 19}:Eu nanophosphor

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    Deshmukh, Abhay D., E-mail: abhay_d1984@yahoo.co.i [National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur 440020 (India); Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur 440011 (India); Valechha, Arti; Valechha, Dolly; Kumar, Animesh [National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur 440020 (India); Peshwe, D.R. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur 440011 (India); Dhoble, S.J. [Kamla Nehru College, Sakkardara Square, Nagpur 440009 (India)

    2009-07-15

    Nanosized barium aluminate materials was doped by divalent cations (Ca{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+}) and Eu{sup 2+} having nominal compositions Ba{sub 1-x}MxAl{sub 12}O{sub 19}:Eu (M=Ca and Sr) (x=0.1-0.5), were synthesized by the combustion method. These phosphors were characterized by XRD, scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS) and photoluminescence measurement. The photoluminescence characterization showed the presence of Eu ion in divalent form which gave emission bands peaking at 444 nm for the 320 nm excitation (solid-state lighting excitation), while for 254 nm it gave the same emission wavelength of low intensity (1.5 times) compared to 320 nm excitation. It was also observed that alkaline earth metal (Ca{sup 2+} and Sr{sup 2+}) dopants increase the intensity of Eu{sup 2+} ion in BaAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} lattice, thus this phosphor may be useful for solid-state lighting.

  10. Probing the nature of particle-core couplings in {sup 49}Ca with {gamma} spectroscopy and heavy-ion transfer reactions

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    Montanari, D. [Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Milano, Milano (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Leoni, S., E-mail: silvia.leoni@mi.infn.i [Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Milano, Milano (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Mengoni, D. [Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Padova, Padova (Italy); University of the West of Scotland, Paisley (United Kingdom); Benzoni, G.; Blasi, N. [INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Bocchi, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Milano, Milano (Italy); Bortignon, P.F.; Bracco, A.; Camera, F.; Colo, G.; Corsi, A.; Crespi, F.C.L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Milano, Milano (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Million, B. [INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Nicolini, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Milano, Milano (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Wieland, O. [INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano (Italy); Valiente-Dobon, J.J.; Corradi, L.; Angelis, G. de; Della Vedova, F.; Fioretto, E. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Padova (Italy)

    2011-03-14

    Neutron rich nuclei around {sup 48}Ca have been measured with the CLARA-PRISMA setup, making use of {sup 48}Ca on {sup 64}Ni binary reactions, at 5.9 MeV/A. Angular distributions of {gamma} rays give evidence, in several transfer channels, for a large spin alignment ({approx}70%) perpendicular to the reaction plane, making it possible to firmly establish spin and parities of the excited states. In the case of {sup 49}Ca, states arising from different types of particle-core couplings are, for the first time, unambiguously identified on basis of angular distribution, polarization and lifetime measurements. Shell model and particle-vibration coupling calculations are used to pin down the nature of the states. Evidence is found for the presence, in the same excitation energy region, of two types of coupled states, i.e. single particle coupled to either {sup 48}Ca or {sup 50}Ca simple configurations, and particle-vibration coupled states based on the 3{sup -} phonon of {sup 48}Ca.

  11. 蒸氨溶液中Ca2+、Fe2+、SO2-4离子对氢氧化镁产品的影响%Effect of Ca2+,Fe2+,SO2-4 Ion of Steamed Ammonia Solution on the Magnesium Hydroxide Produc ts

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    王怀士; 范天博; 周永红; 裴彦淞; 陈毅锋; 刘云义

    2016-01-01

    以工业轻烧粉和氯化铵反应制得的氯化镁蒸氨溶液是生产氢氧化镁的原料,溶液中所含的Ca2+、Fe2+、SO2-4离子对氨沉淀法制得的氢氧化镁产品的分散性、粒径和形貌有一定的影响。通过将单一Ca2+、Fe2+、SO2-4离子与纯氯化镁溶液制得的产品进行比较,并采用滴定分析、X射线衍射、激光粒度分布仪、扫描电镜、热重( TG)分析对产品进行表征分析,同时研究了各离子对氢氧化镁产品的影响机理。结果表明:Ca2+对氢氧化镁产品的形貌和分散性影响较小,Fe2+、SO2-4对产品的形貌和分散性影响较大。%Using steamed ammonia solution reacted by light calcined powder and ammonium chloride as raw material for producing magnesium hydroxide,Ca2+,Fe2+,SO2-4 ion in the solution have a certain in-fluence on the dispersion,particle size and morphology of magnesium hydroxide products.Then character-ized the products with the titration analysis,X-ray diffraction( XRD) ,laser particle size distribution,scan-ning electron microscopy(SEM),thermogravimetric analysis(TG),and studied influence mechanism of the ions on magnesium hydroxide products by using one single ion Ca2+or Fe2+or SO2-4 compared with pure magnesium chloride solution.The result shows that the Ca2+have a small effect on the morphology and dispersion of magnesium hydroxide products,the Fe2+,SO2-4 had a greater influence on the morpholo-gy and dispersion of the products.

  12. Electronic sputtering of LiF, CaF2, LaF3 and UF4 with 197 MeV Au ions. Is the stoichiometry of atom emission preserved?

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    Toulemonde, M.; Assmann, W.; Muller, D.; Trautmann, C.

    2017-09-01

    Sputtering experiments with swift heavy ions in the electronic energy loss regime were performed by using the catcher technique in combination with elastic recoil detection analysis. Four different fluoride targets, LiF, CaF2, LaF3 and UF4 were irradiated in the electronic energy loss regime using 197 MeV Au ions. The angular distribution of particles sputtered from the surface of freshly cleaved LiF and CaF2 single crystals is composed of a broad cosine distribution superimposed by a jet-like peak that appears perpendicular to the surface independent of the angle of beam incidence. For LiF, the particle emission in the entire angular distribution (jet plus broad cosine component) is stoichiometric, whereas for CaF2 the ratio of the sputtered F to Ca particles is at large angles by a factor of two smaller than the stoichiometry of the crystal. For single crystalline LaF3 no jet component is observed and the angular distribution is non-stoichiometric with the number of sputtered F particles being slightly larger than the number of sputtered La particles. In the case of UF4, the target was polycrystalline and had a much rougher surface compared to cleaved crystals. This destroys the appearance of a possible jet component leading to a broad angular distribution. The ratio of sputtered U atoms compared to F atoms is in the order of 1-2, i.e. the number of collected particles on the catcher is also non-stoichiometric. Such unlike behavior of particles sputtered from different fluoride crystals creates new questions.

  13. Investigation of Carbon ion-implanted waveguides in tungsten bronze (Ca0.28Ba0.72)0.25(Sr0.6Ba0.4)0.75Nb2O6 single crystal

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    Jiao, Yang; Wang, Chuan-Kui; Li, Zong-Liang; Ren, Ying-Ying

    2014-09-01

    Planar optical waveguides were fabricated in (Ca0.28Ba0.72)0.25(Sr0.6Ba0.4)0.75Nb2O6 (CSBN25) crystal by 6.0-MeV C+ ion implantation with fluences of 2, 4 and 6 × 1014 ions/cm2 at room temperature. The mode parameters, refractive indices profiles are measured and the refractive indices behavior in the waveguide region is discussed. The shape of nuclear energy loss distribution of the C+ implantation was similar to those of the waveguide refractive index profiles, which means an inherent relationship between the waveguide formation and the energetic energy deposition. The extraordinary refractive index has a small positive change in the surface region after the implantation.

  14. Photoionization study of Ne-like K9+, Ca10+, Sc11+, Ti12+, V13+, Cr14+, Mn15+, and Fe16+ ions using the screening constant by unit nuclear charge method

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    Goyal, Arun; Khatri, Indu; Sow, Malick; Sakho, Ibrahima; Aggarwal, Sunny; Singh, A. K.; Mohan, Man

    2016-08-01

    Photoionization of the 2s22p6 (1S0) ground state of the Ne-like (Z=19-29) ions is presented in this paper. Resonance energies and total natural width of the 2s2p6np 1P series of the Ne-like K9+, Ca10+, Sc11+, Ti12+, V13+, Cr14+, Mn15+, and Fe16+are reported. All the calculations are made using the Screening constant by unit nuclear charge (SCUNC) formalism. New data for Ne-like K9+, Sc11+, Ti12+, V13+, Cr14+, and Mn15+ions are tabulated. Good agreements are found with available literature data.

  15. Optical waveguide properties of Ca{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 0.6}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} crystal formed by oxygen ion irradiation

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    Wang, Tie-Jun; Zhou, Yu-Fan; Yu, Xiao-Fei; Liu, Tao; Zhang, Lian; Song, Hong-Lian; Qiao, Mei; Wang, Xue-Lin, E-mail: xuelinwang@sdu.edu.cn

    2015-07-01

    We report the fabrication of a planar optical waveguide in a Ca{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 0.6}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} crystal by irradiation with 6.0 MeV oxygen ions. We measured the guiding mode by the prism-coupling method at 633 nm and 1539 nm. The near-field intensity distributions were measured by the end-face coupling setup at a wavelength of 633 nm. The reflectivity calculation method (RCM) was used for reconstructing refractive index profiles. SRIM was used to simulate the electronic and nuclear stopping power caused by oxygen ion irradiation, and the finite-difference beam propagation method (FD-BPM) was used to simulate the near-field intensity distributions. Micro-Raman spectra were measured at room temperature in air to study the differences between the substrate and waveguide region.

  16. Preparation and thermoelectric properties of CaMnO3 with Sm3+ ion doped%Sm3+掺杂CaMnO3的制备与热电性能

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    贾坤; 魏长平; 许洁; 吕志军

    2010-01-01

    以硝酸盐为原料,采用溶胶-凝胶法结合常压烧结在1000℃制备出CaMnO3和掺杂Sm3+的(Ca1-xSmxMnO3)热电材料.利用TG-DTA、XRD、SEM研究了材料的物相和微观形貌,重点考察了Sm3+掺杂对CaMnO3的高温热电性能参数Seebeck系数、电阻率和功率因子的影响.结果表明,制备出的Sm3+掺杂的热电材料为单一的物相,具有致密的内部结构,Sm3+掺杂可以有效地改变其热电性能,当Sm3+的掺杂量为0.05时可获得最佳的热电性能,600℃它的功率因子为2.3×10-4W/(m·K2).

  17. Mn site substitution of La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 with closed shell ions: Effect on magnetic transition temperature

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    L Seetha Lakshmi; V Sridharan; D V Natarajan; V Sankara Sastry; T S Radhakrishnan

    2002-05-01

    Mn site is substituted with closed shell ions (Al, Ga, Ti, Zr and a certain combination of Zr and Al) and also with Fe and Ru ions carrying the magnetic moment (=5/2 and 2 respectively) at a fixed concentration of 5 at %. Substitution did not change either the crystal symmetry or the oxygen stoichiometry. All substituents were found to suppress both the metal–insulator and ferromagnetic transition temperatures (p(ρ) and C, respectively) to varied extents. Two main contributions identified for the suppression are the lattice disorder arising due to difference in the ionic radii between the substituent (M) and the Mn3+ ion (Mn$^{3+}$) and in the case of the substituents carrying a magnetic moment, the type of magnetic coupling between the substituent and that of the neighboring Mn ion.

  18. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2} crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila, E-mail: zoila.barandiaran@uam.es; Seijo, Luis [Departamento de Química, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Instituto Universitario de Ciencia de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera and Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-10-14

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF{sub 2} and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF{sub 2} crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4f{sup N−1}5d excited states of Y b{sup 2+}: these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b{sup 2+} + Ca{sup 2+} (Sr{sup 2+}) → Y b{sup 3+} + Ca{sup +} (Sr{sup +}) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b{sup 2+} 4f–5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF{sub 2}:Y b{sup 2+} because the Y b{sup 3+}–Ca{sup +} states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF{sub 2}:Y b{sup 2+} at the wavelengths of the first 4f–5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b{sup 2+} active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF{sub 2} host, associated with the lowest 4f–5d band.

  19. A singly charged ion source for radioactive {sup 11}C ion acceleration

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    Katagiri, K.; Noda, A.; Nagatsu, K.; Nakao, M.; Hojo, S.; Muramatsu, M.; Suzuki, K.; Wakui, T.; Noda, K. [National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    A new singly charged ion source using electron impact ionization has been developed to realize an isotope separation on-line system for simultaneous positron emission tomography imaging and heavy-ion cancer therapy using radioactive {sup 11}C ion beams. Low-energy electron beams are used in the electron impact ion source to produce singly charged ions. Ionization efficiency was calculated in order to decide the geometric parameters of the ion source and to determine the required electron emission current for obtaining high ionization efficiency. Based on these considerations, the singly charged ion source was designed and fabricated. In testing, the fabricated ion source was found to have favorable performance as a singly charged ion source.

  20. A singly charged ion source for radioactive 11C ion acceleration

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    Katagiri, K.; Noda, A.; Nagatsu, K.; Nakao, M.; Hojo, S.; Muramatsu, M.; Suzuki, K.; Wakui, T.; Noda, K.

    2016-02-01

    A new singly charged ion source using electron impact ionization has been developed to realize an isotope separation on-line system for simultaneous positron emission tomography imaging and heavy-ion cancer therapy using radioactive 11C ion beams. Low-energy electron beams are used in the electron impact ion source to produce singly charged ions. Ionization efficiency was calculated in order to decide the geometric parameters of the ion source and to determine the required electron emission current for obtaining high ionization efficiency. Based on these considerations, the singly charged ion source was designed and fabricated. In testing, the fabricated ion source was found to have favorable performance as a singly charged ion source.

  1. Optical and FT Infrared Absorption Spectra of 3d Transition Metal Ions Doped in NaF-CaF2-B2O3 Glass and Effects of Gamma Irradiation

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    F. H. A. Elbatal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Combined optical and FTIR spectroscopy has been employed to investigate the undoped NaF-CaF2-B2O3 glass together with samples containing 0.2% dopant of 3d TM ions before and after gamma irradiation. The optical spectrum of the undoped glass reveals strong UV absorption with two peaks which are related to unavoidable trace iron impurity within the raw materials. Upon gamma irradiation, an induced visible broad band centered at 500 nm is resolved and is related to B-O hole center or nonbridging oxygen hole center. TMs-doped samples exhibit characteristic absorption due to each respective TM ion but with faint colors. Gamma irradiation of TMs-doped samples reveals the same induced visible band at 500–510 nm in most samples except CuO and Cr2O3-doped glasses. Infrared absorption spectra reveal characteristic vibrational bands due to triangular and tetrahedral borate groups. The introduction of NaF and CaF2 modifies the borate network forming BO3F tetrahedra. The introduction of 3d TMs as dopants did not make any obvious changes in the FTIR spectra due to their low content (0.2%. Gamma irradiation causes only minor variations in the intensities of the characteristic IR borate bands while the bands at about 1640 cm−1 and 3450 cm−1 reveal distinct growth in most samples.

  2. Leaky mode suppression in planar optical waveguides written in Er:TeO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} glass and CaF{sub 2} crystal via double energy implantation with MeV N{sup +} ions

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    Bányász, I., E-mail: banyasz@sunserv.kfki.hu [Department of Crystal Physics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O.B. 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Zolnai, Z.; Fried, M. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O.B. 49, Budapest H-1525 (Hungary); Berneschi, S. [MDF-Lab, “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); “Enrico Fermi” Center for Study and Research, Piazza del Viminale 2, 00184 Roma (Italy); Pelli, S.; Nunzi-Conti, G. [MDF-Lab, “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

    2014-05-01

    Ion implantation proved to be an universal technique for producing waveguides in most optical materials. Tellurite glasses are good hosts of rare-earth elements for the development of fibre and integrated optical amplifiers and lasers covering all the main telecommunication bands. Er{sup 3+}-doped tellurite glasses are good candidates for the fabrication of broadband amplifiers in wavelength division multiplexing around 1.55 μm, as they exhibit large stimulated cross sections and broad emission bandwidth. Calcium fluoride is an excellent optical material, due to its perfect optical characteristics from UV wavelengths up to near IR. It has become a promising laser host material (doped with rare earth elements). Ion implantation was also applied to optical waveguide fabrication in CaF{sub 2} and other halide crystals. In the present work first single-energy implantations at 3.5 MeV at various fluences were applied. Waveguide operation up to 1.5 μm was observed in Er:Te glass, and up to 980 nm in CaF{sub 2}. Then double-energy implantations at a fixed upper energy of 3.5 MeV and lower energies between 2.5 and 3.2 MeV were performed to suppress leaky modes by increasing barrier width.

  3. EMRE Is a Matrix Ca(2+) Sensor that Governs Gatekeeping of the Mitochondrial Ca(2+) Uniporter.

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    Vais, Horia; Mallilankaraman, Karthik; Mak, Don-On Daniel; Hoff, Henry; Payne, Riley; Tanis, Jessica E; Foskett, J Kevin

    2016-01-26

    The mitochondrial uniporter (MCU) is an ion channel that mediates Ca(2+) uptake into the matrix to regulate metabolism, cell death, and cytoplasmic Ca(2+) signaling. Matrix Ca(2+) concentration is similar to that in cytoplasm, despite an enormous driving force for entry, but the mechanisms that prevent mitochondrial Ca(2+) overload are unclear. Here, we show that MCU channel activity is governed by matrix Ca(2+) concentration through EMRE. Deletion or charge neutralization of its matrix-localized acidic C terminus abolishes matrix Ca(2+) inhibition of MCU Ca(2+) currents, resulting in MCU channel activation, enhanced mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake, and constitutively elevated matrix Ca(2+) concentration. EMRE-dependent regulation of MCU channel activity requires intermembrane space-localized MICU1, MICU2, and cytoplasmic Ca(2+). Thus, mitochondria are protected from Ca(2+) depletion and Ca(2+) overload by a unique molecular complex that involves Ca(2+) sensors on both sides of the inner mitochondrial membrane, coupled through EMRE.

  4. A Sulfide Capacity Prediction Model of CaO-SiO2-MgO-FeO-MnO-Al2O3 Slags during the LF Refining Process Based on the Ion and Molecule Coexistence Theory

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    Yang, Xue-Min; Zhang, Meng; Shi, Cheng-Bin; Chai, Guo-Ming; Zhang, Jian

    2012-04-01

    A sulfide capacity prediction model of CaO-SiO2-MgO-FeO-MnO-Al2O3 ladle furnace (LF) refining slags has been developed based on the ion and molecule coexistence theory (IMCT). The predicted sulfide capacity of the LF refining slags has better accuracy than the measured sulfide capacity of the slags at the middle and final stages during the LF refining process. Increasing slag binary basicity, optical basicity, and the Mannesmann index can lead to an increase of the predicted sulfide capacity for the LF refining slags as well as to an increase of the sulfur distribution ratio between the slags and molten steel at the middle and final stages during the LF refining process. The calculated equilibrium mole numbers, mass action concentrations of structural units or ion couples, rather than mass percentages of components, are recommended to represent the slag composition for correlating with the sulfide capacity of the slags. The developed sulfide capacity IMCT model can calculate not only the total sulfide capacity of the slags but also the respective sulfide capacity of free CaO, MgO, FeO, and MnO in the slags. The comprehensive contribution of the combined ion couples (Ca2+ + O2-) and (Mn2+ + O2-) on the desulfurization reactions accounts for 96.23 pct; meanwhile, the average contribution of the ion couple (Fe2+ + O2-) and (Mg2+ + O2-) only has a negligible contribution as 3.13 pct and 0.25 pct during the LF refining process, respectively. The oxygen activity of bulk molten steel in LF is controlled by the [Al]-[O] equilibrium, and the oxygen activity of molten steel at the slag-metal interface is controlled by the (FeO)-[O] equilibrium. The ratio of the oxygen activity of molten steel at the slag-metal interface to the oxygen activity of bulk molten steel will decrease from 37 to 5 at the initial stage, and further decrease from 28 to 4 at the middle stage, but will maintain at a reliable constant as 5 to 14 at the final stage during the LF refining process. The

  5. How does the spin-state of Co ions affect the insulator-metal transition in Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)?

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    Huang, Xiaokun; Zhang, Weiyi

    2016-11-01

    The misfit layered Bi2A2Co2O8 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds experience an insulator to metal transition as A’s ionic radius increases. This feature is contradictory to the conventional wisdom that larger lattice constant favors insulating rather than metallic state, and is also difficult to be reconciled using the Anderson weak localization theory. In this paper, we show from the first-principles calculation that an insulator-metal transition takes place from a nonmagnetic low-spin state of Co3+ ions to a hexagonally arranged intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state in CoO2 plane when ionic radius increases from Ca to Ba. The predicted low-spin state of Bi2Ca2Co2O8 and Bi2Sr2Co2O8 and intermediate-spin low-spin mixed-state of Bi2Ba2Co2O8 are consistent not only with their measured transport properties, but also with the magnetic-field suppressed specific-heat peak observed at the transition temperature. In agreement with experiments, strong electronic correlation is required to stabilize the low-spin insulator and intermediate-spin low-spin metal.

  6. Concentrations and behavior of oxygen and oxide ion in melts of composition CaO.MgO.xSiO2

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    Semkow, K. W.; Haskin, L. A.

    1985-01-01

    The behavior of oxygen and oxide ion in silicate melts was investigated through their electrochemical reactions at a platinum electrode. Values are given for the diffusion coefficient for molecular oxygen in diopside melt and the activation energy of diffusion. It is shown that molecular oxygen dissociates prior to undergoing reduction and that oxide ion reacts quickly with silicate polymers when it is produced. The concentration of oxide ion is kept low by a buffering effect of the silicate, the exact level being dependent on the silicate composition. Data on the kinetics of reaction of the dissociation of molecular oxygen and on the buffering reactions are provided. It is demonstrated that the data on oxygen in these silicate melts are consistent with those for solid buffers.

  7. Oscillatory and ion-correlation forces observed in direct force measurements between silica surfaces in concentrated CaCl2 solutions

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    Fielden, ML; Hayes, RA; Ralston, J

    2000-01-01

    The force between silica spheres and naturally oxidised silicon wafer has been measured in calcium chloride solutions at concentrations between 1 and 5 M using an atomic force microscope. An oscillatory force, consistent in periodicity with the expulsion of layers of ions, was found to overlay the e

  8. Effect of synthetic carbon amino saccharides on the transfer of labeled mineral 45Ca2+ and 32PO 4 3- ions from drinking water to blood serum in mice

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    Navarrete, J. M.; Muller, G.; Martinez, T.; Cabrera, L.; Gracia, I.; Fabila, L.; Urbina, V. M.

    2006-01-01

    The favorable effects of fulvic acids as fertilizers are very well known and they have been used long time ago in their natural state in dead leaves. Their extraction from natural sources is rather expensive, but the production of very similar carbon amino saccharides by sugar oxidation has been industrially applied in Mexico. Good properties of this commercial product as fertilizer have been proved empirically in different crops as well as at laboratory level, by the efficient absorption of radioactive labeled mineral ions in vegetables when they are carried by this synthetic organic matter in aqueous solution. Now, its effect has been tested by filtration of radioactively labeled 45Ca2+ and 32PO 4 3- ions from drinking water to blood serum through mice liver and kidneys. The results indicate that the filtration and diffusion of these mineral ions also improved, the same that in vegetables, in the presence of the synthetic carbon amino saccharides highly soluble in water. These results suggest the appropriateness of further research to evaluate their possible use either as a dietary complement or as auxiliaries in the treatment of liver and kidney diseases.

  9. Influência dos Íons Mg, Ca, Fe, Cu e Zn sobre a tensão superficial estática de soluções contendo surfatante Influence of Mg, Ca, Fe, Cu and Zn Ions on static surface tension of surfactant solutions

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    F.M.L. Silva

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a influência da presença de cinco íons em uma calda de pulverização contendo o surfatante Aterbane. A tensão superficial foi analisada por meio da medição da massa de um conjunto de 25 gotas, com quatro repetições constituindo um tratamento. O trabalho foi dividido em duas etapas. Na primeira, os tratamentos foram combinados em esquema fatorial 9x5x2, sendo nove concentrações do surfatante Aterbane (0,01; 0,025; 0,05; 0,1; 0,2; 0,5; 1; 2; e 3%, cinco íons (Mg++, Ca++, Fe+++, Cu+++ e Zn+++ e duas concentrações desses elementos (10 e 100 ppm. Na segunda etapa, os tratamentos foram combinados em esquema fatorial 5x5x1, utilizandose os mesmos cinco elementos (Mg++, Ca++, Fe+++, Cu+++ e Zn+++, em cinco concentrações (1, 5, 20, 50 e 200 ppm, com apenas uma concentração do surfatante Aterbane (0,025%. Outros nove tratamentos permitiram avaliar as tensões superficiais das concentrações do surfatante (0,01; 0,025; 0,05; 0,1; 0,2; 0,5; 1; 2; e 3% sem a adição dos íons. Os resultados mostraram que houve interferência dos íons sobre as soluções, já que, com exceção do Fe+++ (na concentração de 10 e 100 ppm e do Cu+++ (na concentração de 100 ppm, todos os íons reduziram a tensão mínima alcançada e aumentaram a eficiência do surfatante, implicando benefícios à ação do surfatante e sobre as características de possíveis soluções de aplicação. Todos os íons avaliados promoveram reduções nas tensões superficiais de soluções do surfatante na concentração de 0,025%.The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of 5 ions on a spray solution containing the surfactant aterbane. Surface tension was analyzed by measuring the mass of a set of 25 drops, with four repetitions constituting a treatment. The work was divided in two stages. In the first, the treatments were arranged in a 9x5x2 factorial design, nine Aterbane concentrations (0.01; 0.025; 0.05; 0.1; 0.2; 0

  10. Effect of doping ions on the structural defect and the electrical behavior of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Xue, Renzhong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048 (China); Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Zhao, Gaoyang, E-mail: zhaogy@xaut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048 (China); Chen, Jing [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Chen, Zhenping, E-mail: xrzbotao@163.com [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Liu, Dewei [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China)

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: The dielectric constant decreases with Ta doping, increases with Y doping and keeps almost constant with Zr doping compared with that of pure CCTO. - Highlights: • Y and Ta doping cause different defect types and concentration. • Defect influences the grain boundary mobility and results in different grain size. • Y doping increases the dielectric constant and decreases the nonlinear property. • Ta doping decreases the dielectric constant and enhances the nonlinear property. • Zr doped sample has nearly the defect type and dielectric properties as CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. - Abstract: The microstructure, dielectric and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4−x}R{sub x}O{sub 12} (R = Y, Zr, Ta; x = 0 and 0.005) ceramics were investigated by XRD, Raman spectra, SEM and dielectric spectrum measurements. Positron annihilation measurements have been performed to investigate the influence of doping on the defects. The results show that all samples form a single crystalline phase. Y and Ta doping cause different defect types and increase the defect size and concentration, which influence the mobility of grain boundary and result in the different grain size. Y doping increases the dielectric constant and decreases the nonlinear property while Ta doping lead to an inverse result. Zr-doped sample has nearly the defect type, grain morphology and dielectric properties as pure CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. The effects of microstructure including the grain morphology and the vacancy defects on the mechanism of the dielectric and electric properties by doping are discussed.

  11. Alkaline Earth Metal Zirconate Perovskites MZrO3 (M=Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Ca(2+)) Derived from Molecular Precursors and Doped with Eu(3+) Ions.

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    Drąg-Jarząbek, Anna; John, Łukasz; Petrus, Rafał; Kosińska-Klähn, Magdalena; Sobota, Piotr

    2016-03-24

    The effect of alkaline earth metal alkoxides on the protonation of zirconocene dichloride was investigated. This approach enabled the design of compounds with preset molecular structures for generating high-purity binary metal oxide perovskites MZrO3 (M=Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Ca(2+)). Single-source molecular precursors [Ba4 Zr2 (μ6 -O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2(η(2) -HOR)2 (HOR)2 Cl4], [Sr4 Zr2 (μ6 -O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2 (HOR)4 Cl4], [Ca4 Zr2 (μ6-O)(μ3 ,η(2)-OR)8 (OR)2 Cl4], and [Ca6 Zr2 (μ2 ,η(2)-OR)12 (μ-Cl)2 (η(2) -HOR)4 Cl6 ]⋅8 CH2 Cl2 were prepared via elimination of the cyclopentadienyl ring from Cp2 ZrCl2 as CpH in the presence of M(OR)2 and alcohol ROH (ROH=CH3OCH2 CH2OH) as a source of protons. The resulting complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds were then thermally decomposed to MCl2 /MZrO3 mixtures. Leaching of MCl2 from the raw powder with deionized water produced highly pure perovskite-like oxide particles of 40-80 nm in size. Luminescence studies on Eu(3+)-doped MZrO3 revealed that the perovskites are attractive host lattices for potential applications in display technology.

  12. Unique Urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 Hierarchical Hollow Microspheres as Anode Material for the Lithium Ion Battery.

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    Li, Dan; Feng, Chuanqi; Liu, Hua Kun; Guo, Zaiping

    2015-01-01

    Germanium is an outstanding anode material in terms of electrochemical performance, especially rate capability, but its developments are hindered by its high price because it is rare in the crust of earth, and its huge volume variation during the lithium insertion and extraction. Introducing other cheaper elements into the germanium-based material is an efficient way to dilute the high price, but normally sacrifice its electrochemical performance. By the combination of nanostructure design and cheap element (calcium) introduction, urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 hierarchical hollow microspheres have been successfully developed in order to reduce the price and maintain the good electrochemical properties of germanium-based material. The electrochemical test results in different electrolytes show that ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate/diethyl carbonate (3/4/3 by volume) with 5 wt% fluoroethylene carbonate additive is the most suitable solvent for the electrolyte. From the electrochemical evaluation, the as-synthesized Ca2Ge7O16 hollow microspheres exhibit high reversible specific capacity of up to 804.6 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles and remarkable rate capability of 341.3 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 4 A g(-1). The growth mechanism is proposed based on our experimental results on the growth process.

  13. Unique Urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 Hierarchical Hollow Microspheres as Anode Material for the Lithium Ion Battery

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    Li, Dan; Feng, Chuanqi; Liu, Hua Kun; Guo, Zaiping

    2015-06-01

    Germanium is an outstanding anode material in terms of electrochemical performance, especially rate capability, but its developments are hindered by its high price because it is rare in the crust of earth, and its huge volume variation during the lithium insertion and extraction. Introducing other cheaper elements into the germanium-based material is an efficient way to dilute the high price, but normally sacrifice its electrochemical performance. By the combination of nanostructure design and cheap element (calcium) introduction, urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 hierarchical hollow microspheres have been successfully developed in order to reduce the price and maintain the good electrochemical properties of germanium-based material. The electrochemical test results in different electrolytes show that ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate/diethyl carbonate (3/4/3 by volume) with 5 wt% fluoroethylene carbonate additive is the most suitable solvent for the electrolyte. From the electrochemical evaluation, the as-synthesized Ca2Ge7O16 hollow microspheres exhibit high reversible specific capacity of up to 804.6 mA h g-1 at a current density of 100 mA g-1 after 100 cycles and remarkable rate capability of 341.3 mA h g-1 at a current density of 4 A g-1. The growth mechanism is proposed based on our experimental results on the growth process.

  14. 57Fe-ion implantation in pulse laser deposited La0.75Ca0.25MnO3 films: Conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction studies

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    U D Lanke; J Prabhjyot Pal

    2000-02-01

    Oriented La0.75Ca0.25MnO3 (LCMO) films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method on (100) LaAlO3 substrates. Ion-beam technique is used to introduce a very low concentration of 57Fe+ in LCMO film. The deposited films were subjected to 100 keV 57Fe+ implantation with different fluences at room temperature. The main motivation of this work was to study the influence of implantation on the transport mechanism in materials exhibiting colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) property. It is observed that Fe implantation drastically affects the structural and magneto-transport properties. The samples were characterized using the X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and resistance temperature (–) measurements.

  15. On the photo-luminescence properties of sol–gel derived undoped and Dy{sup 3+} ion doped nanocrystalline Scheelite type AMoO{sub 4} (A = Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Jena, Paramananda [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 (India); Gupta, Santosh K., E-mail: santufrnd@gmail.com [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Natarajan, V. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Padmaraj, O. [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 (India); Satyanarayana, N., E-mail: nallanis2011@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry 605014 (India); Venkateswarlu, M. [R & D Amara Raja Batteries Ltd., Karakambadi 517501, AP (India)

    2015-04-15

    Nanocrystalline Scheelite type Dy doped AMoO{sub 4} [where A = Ba, Sr and Ca] samples were prepared by acrylamide assisted sol–gel process and characterized by XRD, FT-Raman, FTIR, SEM and photoluminescence (PL). PL of undoped sample shows blue/green emission in CaMoO{sub 4} and SrMoO{sub 4} but multicolour visible emission leading to near white light in BaMoO{sub 4} nanoparticles; the origin of which is explained. It was observed that on doping 0.5 mol% of Dy{sup 3+} in molybdate samples complete energy transfer takes place in case of SrMoO{sub 4} and BaMoO{sub 4}, but host contributed substantially in Dy doped BaMoO{sub 4} sample, resulting in biexponential decay. It was also observed that symmetry around Dy{sup 3+} decreases as the size of alkaline earth ion increases. Due to combined blue, yellow and red colour emission in dysprosium doped sample; all samples showed near white light emission under UV and near UV excitation.

  16. Effect of pectin methyl esterase and Ca²⁺ ions treatment on antioxidant capacity, shelf-life and quality of minimally processed pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) arils.

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    Kumar, Sunil; Kumar, Ramesh; Nambi, V E

    2016-03-01

    Pomegranate fruits are difficult to peel and once peeled, extracted arils have very short shelf-life. Therefore, present investigation was carried out to extend the shelf life of minimally processed pomegranate arils using pectin methyl esterase (PME) and CaCl2 treatment during refrigerated storage. The arils of freshly harvested pomegranate fruits (Punica granatum L.) were treated with different concentrations of food-grade PME (50-300 units) and calcium ions (0.5-2.0% CaCl₂) for a period of 5-30 min using response surface methodology. Treated and untreated arils were then packed in low density polyethylene bags (25 μ) and maintained under low temperature (5°C; 90% RH) for evaluating the physical, biochemical and microbial quality of pomegranate arils at four day interval. Physiological loss in weight increased during storage but no food-borne pathogens were found during 28 day of cold storage in treated arils. Color and firmness of both treated and untreated arils decreased during storage but it was better maintained in treated arils. The firmness was found to be 0.630 N in treated samples compared to untreated one (0.511 N) after 20 d of storage. Total antioxidant capacity, ferric reducing antioxidant power, polyphenol oxidase and lipoxygenase activities increased during storage. Treatment with 249.33 units of PME and 1.70% CaCl₂for an immersion time of 24.93 min was found to be most effective treatment for maintaining the quality of minimally processed arils for longer period. Sensory score was also higher in treated pomegranate arils that were quite acceptable even after 20 day of referigerated storage as against 12 day for untreated ones.

  17. H3 receptor-mediated inhibition of noradrenaline release: an investigation into the involvement of Ca2+ and K+ ions, G protein and adenylate cyclase.

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    Schlicker, E; Kathmann, M; Detzner, M; Exner, H J; Göthert, M

    1994-07-01

    The present study was aimed at the identification of mechanisms following the activation of histamine H3 receptors. Mouse brain cortex slices preincubated with 3H-noradrenaline were superfused and the (H3 receptor-mediated) effect of histamine on the electrically evoked tritium overflow was studied under a variety of conditions. The extent of inhibition produced by histamine was inversely related to the frequency of stimulation used to evoke tritium overflow and to the Ca2+ concentration in the superfusion medium. An activator (levcromakalim) and blocker (glibenclamide) of ATP-dependent K+ channels did not affect the electrically evoked tritium overflow and its inhibition by histamine. A blocker of voltage-sensitive K+ channels, tetraethylammonium (TEA), increased the evoked overflow and attenuated the inhibitory effect of histamine. TEA also reduced the inhibitory effect of noradrenaline and prostaglandin E2 on the evoked overflow. When the facilitatory effect of TEA on the evoked overflow was compensated for by reducing the Ca2+ concentration in the superfusion medium, TEA did no longer attenuate the effect of histamine. Exposure of the slices to the SH group-alkylating agent N-ethylmaleimide increased the evoked overflow and attenuated the inhibitory effect of histamine; both effects were counteracted by the SH group-protecting agent dithiothreitol, which, by itself, did not affect the evoked overflow and its inhibition by histamine. Mouse brain cortex membranes were used to study the effect of the H3 receptor agonist R-(-)-alpha-methylhistamine on the basal cAMP accumulation and on the accumulation stimulated by forskolin or noradrenaline.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  18. Effect of Divalent Ions (A = Ca, Ba and Sr Substitution in La-A-Mn-O Manganite on Structural, Magnetic and Electrical Transport Properties

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    K. P. Lim

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Microstructure of the grain will influence the properties of a polycrystalline manganites when different dopant is introduced. In this work, an effort had been made to investigate the influence of Ca, Ba and Sr substitution in La site. Approach: Polycrystalline manganites compound of La0.67A0.33MnO3 where A = Ba, Sr and Ca had been prepared via conventional solid-state reaction method. The structure, microstructure, magnetic and electrical properties had been investigated using XRD, SEM, VSM and four-point probe techniques. Results: XRD spectrums showed that LBMO and LCMO were in single-phase orthorhombic structure whereas LSMO was rhombohedral structure. Scanning electron micrographs showed that LSMO had smaller average grain size as compared to LBMO. However, for LCMO, there was no clear grain boundary that can be observed and all the grains were well connected. The difference in the microstructure image might be due to the variance A-site cation that differs in grain growth. The Curie temperature, Tc of LBMO and LSMO was 343.0 and 363.5 K, respectively. But the Tc for LCMO was lower then 300 K. The Tp for LCMO was 215 K while it was near or above 300K for LBMO and LSMO. All samples showed extrinsic Magnetoresistance (MR effect. Higher MR was observed well below Tc or Tp where MR value increased monotonically with the decrease of temperature. This was associated with the different grain and grain boundary formation when different cation was substituted. LCMO displayed the highest low-field MR value (-15.82% at 0.2 T, 90 K and high-field MR (-25.60% at 1 T, 300 K. Conclusion: Hence, electrical and magnetic transition temperature (Tp and Tc were affected by the average A-site cation radius.

  19. Low and High Ionization Absorption Properties of Mg II Absorption-Selected Galaxies at Intermediate Redshifts; 1, General Properties

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    Churchill, C W; Charlton, J C; Jannuzi, B T; Kirhakos, S; Steidel, C C; Schneider, D P; Churchill, Christopher W.; Mellon, Richard R.; Charlton, Jane C.; Jannuzi, Buell T.; Kirhakos, Sofia; Steidel, Charles C.; Schneider, Donald P.

    2000-01-01

    We present extensive metal-line absorption properties for 45 absorption systems that were selected by their Mg II absorption at redshifts between 0.4 and 1.4. For each system the properties of several chemical species are determined, including a wide range of ionization conditions. In the optical, the absorption systems have been observed at ~6 km/s resolution with HIRES/Keck, which covered Mg II, several Fe II transitions, Mg I, and in some cases (depending upon redshift), Ca II, Ti II, Mn II, and Al III. Ultraviolet, lower resolution (~230 km/s) Faint Object Spectrograph data (1600 - 3275 Ang) were obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope archive. These spectra covered Al II, Al III, Si II, Si III, Si IV, C II, C III, C IV, N V, O VI, and several Lyman series transitions, with coverage dependent upon the absorption system redshift. From these data, we infer that Mg II absorbing galaxies at intermediate redshifts have multiphase gaseous structures.

  20. Ab initio study on vibrational dipole moments of XH{sup +} molecular ions: X = {sup 24}Mg, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 64}Zn, {sup 88}Sr, {sup 114}Cd, {sup 138}Ba, {sup 174}Yb and {sup 202}Hg

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    Abe, Minori; Hada, Masahiko [Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1, Minami-Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Kajita, Masatoshi [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Nukui-Kitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795 (Japan); Moriwaki, Yoshiki, E-mail: minoria@tmu.ac.j [Department of Physics, University of Toyama, Gofuku, Toyama, 930-8555 (Japan)

    2010-12-28

    The vibrational matrix elements of electric dipole moments were theoretically estimated for the electronic ground state of XH{sup +} molecular ions (X = {sup 24}Mg, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 64}Zn, {sup 88}Sr, {sup 114}Cd, {sup 138}Ba, {sup 174}Yb and {sup 202}Hg) using the complete active space second-order perturbation theory method. Because of the large rotational constant and zero X-nuclear spin, these molecules are advantageous to be localized to a single (v, J, F) state, where v, J, F are quantum numbers of the vibrational, rotational and hyperfine states, respectively. The information of the dipole moments is very useful to discuss the period to localize the molecular ion to the (v, J, F) = (0, 0, 1/2) state and also the period to remain in this state, which is limited by the interaction with the black body radiation. The agreement of experimental and our theoretical spectroscopic constants ensures the accuracy of our results. Vibrational permanent and transition dipole moments were obtained with special care of accuracy in numerical integration. Spontaneous emission rates were calculated from the vibrational dipole moments and transition energies.

  1. 萃取法脱除工业级硫酸锰溶液中钙和镁离子%Removal of Ca and Mg Ions from Industrial Manganese Sulfate Solution by Solvent Extraction

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    戴冬阳; 刘志雄; 孙琳; 汤连东; 邹晓勇

    2016-01-01

    以P507和羧酸 A混合物为萃取剂,从工业级硫酸锰溶液中选择性萃取脱除钙和镁离子.考察硫酸锰溶液初始pH值、混合萃取剂(x(P507)∶x(羧酸型 A)=1∶1)的体积分数、皂化率和相比等因素对萃取脱除钙、镁杂质的影响.实验结果表明,在硫酸锰溶液初始 pH值2.3、混合萃取剂体积分数20%、皂化率20%、相比(O/A)2∶1、萃取温度30℃条件下,选择性地萃取脱除钙和镁离子,锰回收率为83.9%.脱除钙和镁的硫酸锰溶液用活性吸附,浓缩结晶并干燥,获得的一水硫酸锰产品符合电池级高纯硫酸锰的要求,钙和镁质量分数分别为38.4×10-6和41.7×10-6.%Ca and Mg ions were selectively removed from industrial manganese sulfate solution with mix-ture extractant of P507 and carboxylic acid A.The effects of parameters including initial pH of manga-nese sulfate solution,concentration and saponification of mixture extractant with mol ratio 1∶1 of P507 and carboxylic acid A,and phase ratio (O/A)were determined.The results showed that Ca and Mg ions were selectively removed under the following conditions of initial pH 2.3 of manganese sulfate solution, 20% volume concentration of mixture extractant,20% saponification ratio,O/A=2∶1 phase ratio at 30 ℃,and the yield of manganese reached 83.9%.By treating the solution with carbon adsorption,con-densation crystallization and desiccation,manganese sulfate monohydrate with Ca content 38.4 ppm and Mg content 41.7 ppm,which meets requirement of high-purity manganese sulfate,is obtained.

  2. Detection of Highly Ionized Metal Absorption Lines in the Ultracompact X-ray Dipper 4U 1916-05

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    Juett, A M; Juett, Adrienne M.; Chakrabarty, Deepto

    2006-01-01

    We present the high-resolution Chandra X-ray Observatory persistent (non-dip) spectrum of 4U 1916-05 which revealed narrow absorption lines from hydrogenic neon, magnesium, silicon, and sulfur, in addition to the previous identified hydrogenic and helium-like iron absorption lines. This makes 4U 1916-05 only the second of the classical X-ray dipper systems to show narrow absorption lines from elements other than iron. We propose two possible explanations for the small measured line widths (>~ 500-2000 km s^{-1}), compared to the expected Keplerian velocities (> 1000 km s^{-1}) of the accretion disk in this 50-min orbital period system, and lack of wavelength shifts (>~ 250 km s^{-1}). First, the ionized absorber may be stationary. Alternatively, the line properties may measure the relative size of the emission region. From this hypothesis, we find that the emission region is constrained to be >~ 0.25 times the radial extent of the absorber. Our results also imply that the ionized absorber spans a range of ion...

  3. Continuously Tunable Ca2+ Regulation of RNA-Edited CaV1.3 Channels

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    Hojjat Bazzazi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available CaV1.3 ion channels are dominant Ca2+ portals into pacemaking neurons, residing at the epicenter of brain rhythmicity and neurodegeneration. Negative Ca2+ feedback regulation of CaV1.3 channels (CDI is therefore critical for Ca2+ homeostasis. Intriguingly, nearly half the CaV1.3 transcripts in the brain are RNA edited to reduce CDI and influence oscillatory activity. It is then mechanistically remarkable that this editing occurs precisely within an IQ domain, whose interaction with Ca2+-bound calmodulin (Ca2+/CaM is believed to induce CDI. Here, we sought the mechanism underlying the altered CDI of edited channels. Unexpectedly, editing failed to attenuate Ca2+/CaM binding. Instead, editing weakened the prebinding of Ca2+-free CaM (apoCaM to channels, which proves essential for CDI. Thus, editing might render CDI continuously tunable by fluctuations in ambient CaM, a prominent effect we substantiate in substantia nigral neurons. This adjustability of Ca2+ regulation by CaM now looms as a key element of CNS Ca2+ homeostasis.

  4. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Laser Cooled CaH

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    2015-10-28

    Molecular ions trapped in RF Paul traps and sympathetically- cooled with laser - cooled atomic ions have been shown to be a great platform to measure...Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Laser Cooled CaH+ The views, opinions and/or findings contained in...Angeles, CA 90095 -1406 ABSTRACT Vibrational Spectroscopy of Laser Cooled CaH+ Report Title Cold molecules and molecular ions are leading to a renaissance

  5. Isolation and characterization of higher metallofullerenes Ca@C92 and Ca@C94

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    Yuliang Che; Hua Yang; Hongxiao Jin; Chunxin Lu; Ziyang Liu

    2009-05-01

    We report for the first time isolation of Ca@C92 and Ca@C94 by multi-stage highperformance liquid chromatography technique without recycling equipment. It is notable that higher metallofullerenes containing alkaline earth metal ions could be isolated although their relative yields are extremely low. Ca@C92 and Ca@C94 are also confirmed by LD-TOF mass spectrometry and characterrized by UV-Vis-NIR absorption measurements.

  6. Atomic data from the iron project. 3: Rate coefficients for electron impact excitation of boron-like ions: Ne VI, Mg VIII, Al IX, Si X, S XII, Ar XIV, Ca XVI and Fe XXII

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    Zhang, Hong Lin; Graziani, Mark; Pradhan, Anil K.

    1994-01-01

    Collison strengths and maxwellian averaged rate coefficients have been calculated for the 105 transitions among all 15 fine structure levels of the 8 LS terms 2s(sup 2) 2 P(P-2(sup 0 sub 1/, 3/2)), 2s2p(sup 2)(P-4(sub 1/2,3/2,5/2), D-2(sub 3/2, 5/2), S-2(sub 1/2), P-2(sub 1/2, 3/2)), 2p(sup 3)(S-4(sup 0)(sub 3/2), D-2(sup 0 sub 3/2, 5/2), P-2(sup 0 sub 1/2, 3/2)) in highly- charged B-like Ne, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ar, Ca and Fe. Rate coefficients have been tabulated at a wide range of temperatures, depending on the ion charge and abundance in plasma sources. Earlier work for O IV has also been extended to include the high temperature range. A brief discussion of the calculations, sample results, and comparison with earlier works is also given. While much of the new data should be applicable to UV spectral diagnostics, the new rates for the important ground state fine structure transition P-2(sup 0 sub 1/2)-P-2(sup 0 sub 3/2) should result in significant revision of the IR cooling rates in plasmas where B-like ions are prominent constituents, since the new rate coefficients are generally higher by several factors compared with the older data.

  7. Ca2+ dynamics in zebrafish morphogenesis

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    Yusuke Tsuruwaka

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Intracellular calcium ion (Ca2+ signaling is heavily involved in development, as illustrated by the use of a number of Ca2+ indicators. However, continuous Ca2+ patterns during morphogenesis have not yet been studied using fluorescence resonance energy transfer to track the Ca2+ sensor. In the present study, we monitored Ca2+ levels during zebrafish morphogenesis and differentiation with yellow cameleon, YC2.12. Our results show not only clear changes in Ca2+ levels but also continuous Ca2+ patterns at 24 hpf and later periods for the first time. Serial Ca2+dynamics during early pharyngula period (Prim-5-20; 24–33 hpf was successfully observed with cameleon, which have not reported anywhere yet. In fact, high Ca2+ level occurred concurrently with hindbrain development in segmentation and pharyngula periods. Ca2+ patterns in the late gastrula through segmentation periods which were obtained with cameleon, were similar to those obtained previously with other Ca2+sensor. Our results suggested that the use of various Ca2+ sensors may lead to novel findings in studies of Ca2+ dynamics. We hope that these results will prove valuable for further research in Ca2+ signaling.

  8. Enhancement of negative capacitance effect in (CoFeZr){sub x}(CaF{sub 2}){sub (100−x)} nanocomposite films deposited by ion beam sputtering in argon and oxygen atmosphere

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    Koltunowicz, T.N., E-mail: t.koltunowicz@pollub.pl [Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin (Poland); Zhukowski, P., E-mail: p.zhukowski@pollub.pl [Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin (Poland); Bondariev, V. [Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin (Poland); Saad, A. [Al Balqa Applied University, Physics Department, P.O. Box 4545, Amman 11953 (Jordan); Fedotova, J.A. [National Center for Particles and High Energy Physics of Belarusian State University, 220040 Minsk (Belarus); Fedotov, A.K. [Belarusian State University, 220030 Minsk (Belarus); Milosavljević, M. [VINČA Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade University, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Kasiuk, J.V. [National Center for Particles and High Energy Physics of Belarusian State University, 220040 Minsk (Belarus)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • (FeCoZr){sub x}(CaF{sub 2}){sub (100−x)} nanomaterals deposited in oxygen-containing atmosphere (Ar + O{sub 2}). • FeCoZr “cores” covered with FeCo-oxide “shells” embedded into nonoxygen dielectric matrix. • On σ(T{sub p}) are two minima related to the crossing zero line values of Θ{sub 1} = 90° and of Θ{sub 2} = −90°. - Abstract: The paper presents frequency f and temperature T{sub p} dependences of phase shift angle Θ, admittance σ and capacitance C{sub p} for the as-deposited and annealed (CoFeZr){sub x}(CaF{sub 2}){sub (100−x)} nanocomposite films deposited by ion-beam sputtering of a compound target in a mixed argon–oxygen gas atmosphere in vacuum chamber. The studied films presented metallic FeCoZr “cores” covered with FeCo-based oxide “shells” embedded into oxygen-free dielectric matrix (fluorite). It was found for the metallic phase content within the range of 52.2 at.% ⩽ x ⩽ 84.3 at.% in low-f region that Θ values were negative, while in the high-f region we observed the Θ < 0{sup o}. It was obtained that the f-dependences of capacitance module displayed minimum at the corresponding frequency when the Θ(f) crossed its zero line Θ = 0{sup o}. It was also observed that the σ(T{sub p}) dependence displayed the occurrence of two minima that were related to the values of Θ{sub 1} = 90° (the first minimum) and of Θ{sub 2} = −90° (the second one). Some possible reasons of such behavior of (CoFeZr){sub x}(CaF{sub 2}){sub (100−x)} nanocomposite films are discussed.

  9. Operation of ECR Ion Source

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    2001-01-01

    In 2001, ECR ion source was operated for HIRFL about 5138 hours and 8 species of ion beams, such as ~(12)C~(4+), ~(12)C~(5+), ~(36)Ar~(11+),~(13)C~(4+),~(40)Ca~(11+),~(40)Ar~(11+),~(56)Fe~(10+) and ~(18)O~(6+) were provided. Among these ions,~(56)Fe~(10+)is a new ion beam. In this period, 14 experiments of heavy ion physics application and nuclear research were finished.

  10. Ion channels in asthma.

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    Valverde, Miguel A; Cantero-Recasens, Gerard; Garcia-Elias, Anna; Jung, Carole; Carreras-Sureda, Amado; Vicente, Rubén

    2011-09-23

    Ion channels are specialized transmembrane proteins that permit the passive flow of ions following their electrochemical gradients. In the airways, ion channels participate in the production of epithelium-based hydroelectrolytic secretions and in the control of intracellular Ca(2+) levels that will ultimately activate almost all lung cells, either resident or circulating. Thus, ion channels have been the center of many studies aiming to understand asthma pathophysiological mechanisms or to identify therapeutic targets for better control of the disease. In this minireview, we focus on molecular, genetic, and animal model studies associating ion channels with asthma.

  11. Role of nickel ion coordination on spectroscopic properties of multi-component CaF2-Bi2O3-P2O5-B2O3 glass-ceramics

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    Suresh, S.; Narendrudu, T.; Kumar, A. Suneel; Rao, M. V. Sambasiva; Ram, G. Chinna; Rao, D. Krishna

    2016-10-01

    Multi-component CaF2-Bi2O3-P2O5-B2O3 glasses doped with different concentrations of NiO were crystallized through heat treatment. The prepared glass ceramic samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), differential thermal analysis (DTA) as well as conventional spectroscopic studies viz., optical absorption, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman. The XRD and SEM studies have indicated that the samples contain well defined and randomly distributed grains of different crystalline phases. The optical absorption studies together with FTIR and Raman measurements indicated the gradual transformation of nickel ions from tetrahedral sites to octahedral sites (lasing sites) as the concentration of NiO is increased beyond 1.5 mol%. All these investigations have indicated that the growing degree of disorder in the glass ceramic network at higher concentrations of NiO. Glass ceramics doped with NiO beyond 1.5 mol% appear to be suitable for getting laser emission due to 3T2(F) → 3A2(F) transition in NIR region. These glass-ceramics can be expected as an amplification medium for tunable lasers and broadband optical amplifiers for wavelength division multiplexing transmission system.

  12. Influência da adição de íons Ca++ e Mg++ na dureza de géis de concentrado proteíco de soro de leite bovino Influence of the addition of Ca++ and Mg++ ions on the hardness of whey protein concentrate gels

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    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Inúmeros estudos vêm sendo realizados com o objetivo de compreender o comportamento das proteínas do Concentrado Protéico de Soro (CPS. A capacidade destas proteínas em formar géis estáveis a temperaturas entre 70ºC e 90ºC, é uma propriedade funcional importante para a confecção de vários produtos alimentícios, tais como: produtos de padaria, cárneos, texturizados e lácteos. A concentração protéica, pH, composição iônica e temperatura podem ser controladas para obter um gel com as características desejadas. Neste trabalho foi investigado o efeito dos íons metálicos bivalentes Ca++ e Mg++, na propriedade de dureza de géis de CPS induzidos termicamente. Dispersões protéicas a 6; 7 e 8% de proteína do CPS a pH 6,3 com 0; 7,5; 15; 30 e 75mm de CaCl2 ou MgCl2 foram aquecidas a 75ºC por 45 min, resfriadas a 4ºC por 12 horas, e os géis avaliados em um texturômetro TA-XT2. Os géis formados com maiores concentrações do sal adicionado obtiveram maiores valores de dureza na faixa estudada. Nas concentrações de 15 a 75mM os valores de dureza dos géis com a adição de CaCl2 foram significativamente maiores (pSeveral studies have been carried out to understand the behaviour of whey protein concentrates (WPC. One of the most important properties of this functional ingredient is the capacity to form stable gels in the temperature range from 70 to 90ºC, which makes it a convenient component of many foods such as bakery, meat, texturized and milk products. Protein concentration, pH, ionic composition and temperature must be kept under control in order to form products with desirable characteristics. The aim of this work was to investigate the influence of metallic divalent ions, Ca++ and Mg++, on the hardness of thermally induced WPC gels. Dispersions of WPC at 6, 7 and 8% protein, at pH 6.3 containing 0, 7, 15, 30 and 75mM CaCl2 or MgCl2 were heated at 75ºC for 45 min, followed by cooling at 4ºC for 12 hours. The gels

  13. A REVERBERATION LAG FOR THE HIGH-IONIZATION COMPONENT OF THE BROAD-LINE REGION IN THE NARROW-LINE SEYFERT 1 Mrk 335

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    Grier, C. J.; Peterson, B. M.; Pogge, R. W.; Martini, Paul; Zu, Y.; Kochanek, C. S.; Shappee, B. J.; Stanek, K. Z.; Araya Salvo, C.; Beatty, T. G.; Bird, J. C. [Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University, 140 W 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Denney, K. D. [Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Bentz, M. C. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, Astronomy Offices, One Park Place South SE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303 (United States); Sergeev, S. G.; Borman, G. A. [Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, P/O Nauchny Crimea 98409 (Ukraine); Kaspi, S. [School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel); Bord, D. J. [Department of Natural Sciences, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128 (United States); Che, X. [Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 41809 (United States); Chen, C.; Cohen, S. A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, 6127 Wilder Laboratory, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); and others

    2012-01-15

    We present the first results from a detailed analysis of photometric and spectrophotometric data on the narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxy Mrk 335, collected over a 120 day span in the fall of 2010. From these data we measure the lag in the He II {lambda}4686 broad emission line relative to the optical continuum to be 2.7 {+-} 0.6 days and the lag in the H{beta}{lambda}4861 broad emission line to be 13.9 {+-} 0.9 days. Combined with the line width, the He II lag yields a black hole mass M{sub BH} = (2.6 {+-} 0.8) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} M{sub Sun }. This measurement is consistent with measurements made using the H{beta}{lambda}4861 line, suggesting that the He II emission originates in the same structure as H{beta}, but at a much smaller radius. This constitutes the first robust lag measurement for a high-ionization line in an NLS1 galaxy and supports a scenario in which the He II emission originates from gas in virial motion rather than outflow.

  14. Study of Milli-Jansky Seyfert Galaxies with Strong Forbidden High-Ionization Lines Using the Very Large Array Survey Images

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    Lal, Dharam V

    2016-01-01

    We study the radio properties at 1.4 GHz of Seyfert galaxies with strong forbidden high-ionization lines (FHILs), selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - a large-sized sample containing nearly equal proportion of diverse range of Seyfert galaxies showing similar redshift distributions compiled by Gelbord et al. (2009) using the Very Large Array survey images. The radio detection rate is low, 49%, which is lower than the detection rate of several other known Seyfert galaxy samples. These galaxies show low star formation rates and the radio emission is dominated by the active nucleus with $\\le$10% contribution from thermal emission, and possibly, none show evidence for relativistic beaming. The radio detection rate, distributions of radio power, and correlations between radio power and line luminosities or X-ray luminosity for narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1), Seyfert 1 and Seyfert 2 galaxies are consistent with the predictions of the unified scheme hypothesis. Using correlation between radio and [O\\,III]\\,$\\l...

  15. Some plasma aspects and plasma diagnostics of ion sources.

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    Wiesemann, Klaus

    2008-02-01

    We consider plasma properties in the most advanced type of plasma ion sources, electron cyclotron resonance ion sources for highly charged ions. Depending on the operation conditions the plasma in these sources may be highly ionized, which completely changes its transport properties. The most striking difference to weakly ionized plasma is that diffusion will become intrinsically ambipolar. We further discuss means of plasma diagnostics. As noninvasive diagnostic methods we will discuss analysis of the ion beam, optical spectroscopy, and measurement of the x-ray bremsstrahlung continuum. From beam analysis and optical spectroscopy one may deduce ion densities, and electron densities and distribution functions as a mean over the line of sight along the axis (optical spectroscopy) or at the plasma edge (ion beam). From x-ray spectra one obtains information about the population of highly energetic electrons and the energy transfer from the driving electromagnetic waves to the plasma -- basic data for plasma modeling.

  16. Computer Simulation for Effect of Tb3+ on Ca2+Speciation in Human Plasma

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    卢兴; 王悦; 张海元; 王进平; 牛春吉; 倪嘉缵

    2002-01-01

    Effect of Tb3+ on Ca2+ speciation in human plasma was studied by means of the computer program of MINTEQA2. When Tb3+ ions are not added into the system, Ca2+ ions mostly distribute in free Ca2+ (74.7%) and the surplus distributes in Ca2+ complexes, such as [CaHCO3]+(7.9%), [Ca(Lac)]+(6.4%), CaHPO4 (1.3%), [CaHistidinateThreoninateH3]3+(2.4%), [CaCitrateHistidinateH2] (2.3%) and CaCO3(1.1%). Tb3+ can compete with Ca2+ for inorganic as well as biological ligands. An increase of concentration of Tb3+ in the system results in an increase of content of free Ca2+ and a decrease of contents of Ca2+ complexes.

  17. Coulomb crystal mass spectrometry in a digital ion trap

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    Deb, Nabanita; Smith, Alexander D; Keller, Matthias; Rennick, Christopher J; Heazlewood, Brianna R; Softley, Timothy P

    2015-01-01

    We present a mass spectrometric technique for identifying the masses and relative abundances of Coulomb-crystallized ions held in a linear Paul trap. A digital radiofrequency waveform is employed to generate the trapping potential, as this can be cleanly switched off, and static dipolar fields subsequently applied to the trap electrodes for ion ejection. Excellent detection efficiency is demonstrated for Ca+ and CaF+ ions from bi-component Ca+/CaF+ Coulomb crystals prepared by reaction of Ca+ with CH3F. A quantitative linear relationship is observed between ion number and the corresponding integrated TOF peak, independent of the ionic species. The technique is applicable to a diverse range of multi-component Coulomb crystals - demonstrated here for Ca+/NH3+/NH4+ and Ca+/CaOH+/CaOD+ crystals - and will facilitate the measurement of ion-molecule reaction rates and branching ratios in complicated reaction systems.

  18. Structural and functional characterisation of slab waveguides written in Er{sup 3+} - doped tellurite glass, CaF{sub 2}, Bi{sub 4}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Bi{sub 12}GeO{sub 20} crystals via implantation of MeV N{sup +} ions

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    Banyasz, I; Berneschi, S; Khanh, N Q; Lohner, T; Fried, M; Petrik, P; Zolnai, Z; Lengyel, K; Peter, A; Watterich, A; Nunzi-Conti, G; Pelli, S; Righini, G C, E-mail: banyasz@sunserv.kfki.h

    2010-11-15

    Ion implantation proved to be a universal technique for producing waveguides in most optical materials. Tellurite glasses are used as hosts of rare-earth elements for the development of fibre and integrated optic amplifiers and lasers covering all the main telecommunication bands. Er{sup 3+}- doped tellurite glasses are very attractive materials for the fabrication of broadband amplifiers in wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) around 1.55 {mu}m, as they exhibit large stimulated cross sections and broad emission bandwidth. First objective of the present research was to optimise parameters of waveguide fabrication in the Er: tellurite glass via implantation of MeV energy N{sup +} ions in a wide range of implanted doses. Besides of glasses, slab optical waveguides were designed and fabricated in CaF{sub 2}, Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} and Bi{sub 12}GeO{sub 20} crystals, also using MeV energy N{sup +} ions. Waveguides were characterised using UV/VIS and NIR absorption spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and m-line spectroscopy. Part of the implanted samples was annealed to improve waveguide properties. We report on first working slab waveguides fabricated in CaF{sub 2} crystals using implantation of MeV-energy medium-mass ions.

  19. Barnacle muscle: Ca2+, activation and mechanics.

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    Ashley, C C; Griffiths, P J; Lea, T J; Mulligan, I P; Palmer, R E; Simnett, S J

    1993-01-01

    In this review, aspects of the ways in which Ca2+ is transported and regulated within muscle cells have been considered, with particular reference to crustacean muscle fibres. The large size of these fibres permits easy access to the internal environment of the cell, allowing it to be altered by microinjection or microperfusion. At rest, Ca2+ is not in equilibrium across the cell membrane, it enters the cell down a steep electrochemical gradient. The free [Ca2+] at rest is maintained at a value close to 200 nM by a combination of internal buffering systems, mainly the SR, mitochondria, and the fixed and diffusible Ca(2+)-binding proteins, as well as by an energy-dependent extrusion system operating across the external cell membrane. This system relies upon the inward movement of Na+ down its own electrochemical gradient to provide the energy for the extrusion of Ca2+ ions. As a result of electrical excitation, voltage-sensitive channels for Ca2+ are activated and permit Ca2+ to enter the cell more rapidly than at rest. It has been possible to determine both the amount of Ca2+ entering by this step, and what part this externally derived Ca2+ plays in the development of force as well as in the free Ca2+ change. The latter can be determined directly by Ca(2+)-sensitive indicators introduced into the cell sarcoplasm. A combination of techniques, allowing both the total and free Ca2+ changes to be assessed during electrical excitation, has provided valuable information as to how muscle cells buffer their Ca2+ in order to regulate the extent of the change in the free Ca2+ concentration. The data indicate that the entering Ca2+ can only make a small direct contribution to the force developed by the cell. The implication here is that the major source of Ca2+ for contraction must be derived from the internal Ca2+ storage sites within the SR system, a view reinforced by caged Ca2+ methods. The ability to measure the free Ca2+ concentration changes within a single cell during

  20. EMRE Is a Matrix Ca2+ Sensor that Governs Gatekeeping of the Mitochondrial Ca2+ Uniporter

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The mitochondrial uniporter (MCU is an ion channel that mediates Ca2+ uptake into the matrix to regulate metabolism, cell death, and cytoplasmic Ca2+ signaling. Matrix Ca2+ concentration is similar to that in cytoplasm, despite an enormous driving force for entry, but the mechanisms that prevent mitochondrial Ca2+ overload are unclear. Here, we show that MCU channel activity is governed by matrix Ca2+ concentration through EMRE. Deletion or charge neutralization of its matrix-localized acidic C terminus abolishes matrix Ca2+ inhibition of MCU Ca2+ currents, resulting in MCU channel activation, enhanced mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake, and constitutively elevated matrix Ca2+ concentration. EMRE-dependent regulation of MCU channel activity requires intermembrane space-localized MICU1, MICU2, and cytoplasmic Ca2+. Thus, mitochondria are protected from Ca2+ depletion and Ca2+ overload by a unique molecular complex that involves Ca2+ sensors on both sides of the inner mitochondrial membrane, coupled through EMRE.

  1. EVIDENCE OF VERY LOW METALLICITY AND HIGH IONIZATION STATE IN A STRONGLY LENSED, STAR-FORMING DWARF GALAXY AT z = 3.417

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    Amorín, R.; Grazian, A.; Castellano, M.; Pentericci, L.; Fontana, A.; Sommariva, V.; Merlin, E. [INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, I-00040 Monteporzio Catone, Roma (Italy); Van der Wel, A.; Maseda, M., E-mail: ricardo.amorin@oa-roma.inaf.it [Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, D-69117 Heidelberg (Germany)

    2014-06-10

    We investigate the gas-phase metallicity and Lyman continuum (LyC) escape fraction of a strongly gravitationally lensed, extreme emission-line galaxy at z = 3.417, J1000+0221S, recently discovered by the CANDELS team. We derive ionization- and metallicity-sensitive emission-line ratios from H+K band Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)/LUCI medium resolution spectroscopy. J1000+0221S shows high ionization conditions, as evidenced by its enhanced [O III]/[O II] and [O III]/Hβ ratios. Strong-line methods based on the available line ratios suggest that J1000+0221S is an extremely metal-poor galaxy, with a metallicity of 12+log (O/H) < 7.44 (Z < 0.05 Z {sub ☉}), placing it among the most metal-poor star-forming galaxies at z ≳ 3 discovered so far. In combination with its low stellar mass (2 × 10{sup 8} M {sub ☉}) and high star formation rate (5 M {sub ☉} yr{sup –1}), the metallicity of J1000+0221S is consistent with the extrapolation of the mass-metallicity relation traced by Lyman-break galaxies at z ≳ 3 to low masses, but it is 0.55 dex lower than predicted by the fundamental metallicity relation at z ≲ 2.5. These observations suggest a rapidly growing galaxy, possibly fed by massive accretion of pristine gas. Additionally, deep LBT/LBC photometry in the UGR bands are used to derive a limit to the LyC escape fraction, thus allowing us to explore for the first time the regime of sub-L* galaxies at z > 3. We find a 1σ upper limit to the escape fraction of 23%, which adds a new observational constraint to recent theoretical models predicting that sub-L* galaxies at high-z have high escape fractions and thus are the responsible for the reionization of the universe.

  2. Calmodulin modulation of ion channels and receptors

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    2002-01-01

    Ion channels and receptors are the structural basis for neural signaling and transmission. Recently, the function of ion channels and receptors has been demonstrated to be modulated by many intracellular and extracellular chemicals and signaling molecules. Increasing evidence indicates that the complexity and plasticity of the function of central nervous system is determined by the modulation of ion channels and receptors. Among various mechanisms, Ca 2+ signaling pathways play important roles in neuronal activity and some pathological changes. Ca 2+ influx through ion channels and receptors can modulate its further influx in a feedback way or modulate other ion channels and receptors. The common feature of the modulation is that Ca 2+ /calmodulin (CaM) is the universal mediator. CaM maintains the coordination among ion channels/receptors and intracellular Ca 2+ homeostasis by feedback modulation of ion channels/receptors activity. This review focuses on the modulating processes of ion channels and receptors mediated by CaM, and further elucidates the mechanisms of Ca 2+ signaling.

  3. The investigation on sulfation of modified Ca-based sorbent

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    Hongwei Chen; Chunbo Wang; Yonghua Li; Zijie Wang [North China Electric Power University, Baoding (China). Department of Power Engineering

    2003-07-01

    The sulfation of a limestone modified by Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} was investigated in this paper, which aimed to find the causes of its enhanced sulfation capacity. It was shown in the experiment that although the sulfur capture capability of M-CaO (the CaO calcined from modified limestone) is in excess of that of N-CaO (the CaO calcined from original sample), the specific surface area and porosity of the former are much less than that of the latter and also the average pore radius of the former become bigger. Based on the solid-state ion diffusion theory, a new mechanism to explain M-CaO sulfation is suggested. More lattice defects are formed in M-CaO, which reduce the resistance of ion diffusion in the CaSO{sub 4} product layer, and increase the Ca-conversion. To verify this, XRD was applied to measure the crystal structures of CaO samples. It was found M-CaO has bigger lattice distortion than N-CaO. It means that M-CaO has more lattice defects. In the sulfation the lattice defects in M-CaO will go into the CaSO{sub 4} product layer and it is that accelerates the ion diffusivity and leads to the higher Ca-conversion than that of N-CaO. By scanning the element distribution in reacted M-CaO using SEM, how the lattice defects formed in the product layers was verified.

  4. Ionic-liquid-like local structure in $LiNO_3-Ca(NO_3)_2-H_2O$ as studied by ion and solvent nuclei NMR relaxation

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    Matveev, Vladimir V; Lähderanta, Erkki

    2010-01-01

    Relaxation rates in the $13mLiNO_3-6,5mCa(NO_3)_2-H_2O$ ternary system have been measured for nuclei of water ($^1H$ and $^{17}O$), anion ($^{14}N$), and both cations ($^7Li$, $^{43}Ca$). The data analysis reveals the system structure as consisting of two main charged units: [Li(H$_2$O)$_4$]$^+$ and [Ca(NO$_3$)$_4$]$^{2-}$. Thus the system presents inorganic ionic liquid like structure.

  5. Ca-Dependent Folding of Human Calumenin

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    Mazzorana, Marco; Hussain, Rohanah; Sorensen, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Human calumenin (hCALU) is a six EF-hand protein belonging to the CREC family. As other members of the family, it is localized in the secretory pathway and regulates the activity of SERCA2a and of the ryanodine receptor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We have studied the effects of Ca2+ binding to the protein and found it to attain a more compact structure upon ion binding. Circular Dichroism (CD) measurements suggest a major rearrangement of the protein secondary structure, which reversibly switches from disordered at low Ca2+ concentrations to predominantly alpha-helical when Ca2+ is added. SAXS experiments confirm the transition from an unfolded to a compact structure, which matches the structural prediction of a trilobal fold. Overall our experiments suggest that calumenin is a Ca2+ sensor, which folds into a compact structure, capable of interacting with its molecular partners, when Ca2+ concentration within the ER reaches the millimolar range. PMID:26991433

  6. Renal Ca2+ wasting, hyperabsorption, and reduced bone thickness in mice lacking TRPV5.

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    Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Leeuwen, J.P.P.M. van; Eerden, B.C. van der; Kersten, F.F.J.; Kemp, J.W.C.M. van der; Merillat, A.M.; Waarsing, J.H.; Rossier, B.C.; Vallon, V.; Hummler, E.; Bindels, R.J.M.

    2003-01-01

    Ca2+ ions play a fundamental role in many cellular processes, and the extracellular concentration of Ca2+ is kept under strict control to allow the proper physiological functions to take place. The kidney, small intestine, and bone determine the Ca2+ flux to the extracellular Ca2+ pool in a concerte

  7. Endo-lysosomal TRP mucolipin-1 channels trigger global ER Ca2+ release and Ca2+ influx

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    Kilpatrick, Bethan S.; Yates, Elizabeth; Grimm, Christian; Schapira, Anthony H.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Transient receptor potential (TRP) mucolipins (TRPMLs), encoded by the MCOLN genes, are patho-physiologically relevant endo-lysosomal ion channels crucial for membrane trafficking. Several lines of evidence suggest that TRPMLs mediate localised Ca2+ release but their role in Ca2+ signalling is not clear. Here, we show that activation of endogenous and recombinant TRPMLs with synthetic agonists evoked global Ca2+ signals in human cells. These signals were blocked by a dominant-negative TRPML1 construct and a TRPML antagonist. We further show that, despite a predominant lysosomal localisation, TRPML1 supports both Ca2+ release and Ca2+ entry. Ca2+ release required lysosomal and ER Ca2+ stores suggesting that TRPMLs, like other endo-lysosomal Ca2+ channels, are capable of ‘chatter’ with ER Ca2+ channels. Our data identify new modalities for TRPML1 action. PMID:27577094

  8. Theory of Electron-Ion Collisions

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    Griffin, Donald C

    2009-10-02

    Collisions of electrons with atoms and ions play a crucial role in the modeling and diagnostics of fusion plasmas. In the edge and divertor regions of magnetically confined plasmas, data for the collisions of electrons with neutral atoms and low charge-state ions are of particular importance, while in the inner region, data on highly ionized species are needed. Since experimental measurements for these collisional processes remain very limited, data for such processes depend primarily on the results of theoretical calculations. Over the period of the present grant (January 2006 - August 2009), we have made additional improvements in our parallel scattering programs, generated data of direct fusion interest and made these data available on The Controlled Fusion Atomic Data Center Web site at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition, we have employed these data to do collsional-radiative modeling studies in support of a variety of experiments with magnetically confined fusion plasmas.

  9. Study of Beta-delayed Proton Emission of 36,37Ca

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    SUN; Li-jie; LIN; Cheng-jian; XU; Xin-xing; JIA; Hui-ming; YANG; Lei; BAO; Peng-fei; MA; Nan-ru; ZHANG; Huan-qiao; LIU; Zu-hua; WU; Zhen-dong; ZHENG; Lei; WANG; Jian-song; YANG; Yan-yun; HU; Zheng-guo; XU; Hu-shan; WANG; Meng; JIN; Shi-lun; HAN; Jian-long; ZHANG; Ning-tao; MA; Jun-bing; MA; Peng; ZHANG; Yu-hu; ZHOU; Xiao-hong; MA; Xin-wen; XIAO; Guo-qing

    2013-01-01

    Our experiment on the decays of 37Ca(QEC=11 639(22)keV)and 36Ca(QEC=10 990(40)keV)was performed at the Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou(HIRFL).The radioactive ion beam(RIB)37,36Ca was produced by projectile fragmentation,then separated and purified by the Radioactive Ion Beam Line in Lanzhou(RIBLL)spectrometer.By employing the silicon detector array and segmented

  10. Ca_9R(VO_4)_7∶Eu~(3+)(R=Y, La, Gd) 发光粉的发光特性%Photoluminescence Properties of Ca_9R(VO_4)_7 (R=Y, La, Gd) Phosphors Activated with Eu~(3+) Ions

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    杨平; 田莲花; 田荣

    2009-01-01

    采用高温固相法制备了Eu~(3+)离子激活的Ca_9R(VO_4)_7(R = Y, La, Gd)红色发光粉,并利用荧光光谱对发光粉的特性进行研究.激发光谱中,Ca_9Y(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+) , Ca_9La(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)和Ca_9Gd(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)都有两个宽的VO_4~(3-)激发带和Eu~(3+)的特征激发峰.发射光谱中,在Ca_9Y(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+) 和Ca_9La(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)中的350~550 nm范围内出现VO_4~(3-)的发射带,而在Ca_9Gd(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)中却没有观察到VO_4~(3-)的发射.在这三种发光粉中,Ca_9Gd(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)的发光强度远远高于其它两种,这是由于Gd~(3+)的存在有效地使能量通过Gd~(3+) →VO_4~(3-) → Eu~(3+)及Gd~(3+) → Eu~(3+)的两种方式进行能量传递,从而提高了Eu~(3+)发光效率.

  11. Synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+}/Dy{sup 3+} ions co-doped Ca{sub 2}La{sub 8}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} phosphors for white-light applications

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    Jeon, Yong Il; Krishna Bharat, L.; Yu, Jea Su, E-mail: jsyu@khu.ac.kr

    2015-01-25

    Highlights: • CLGO phosphors were successfully prepared by a pechini sol–gel process. • Eu{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions single-doped CLGO phosphors provide red and cool white-light emissions. • Eu{sup 3+}/Dy{sup 3+} ions co-doping gives warm white light with increasing the Eu{sup 3+} ion concentration. • This single-phase white light is achieved by 361 nm (UV/NUV LEDs) excitation. - Abstract: Eu{sup 3+}/Dy{sup 3+} ions co-doped Ca{sub 2}La{sub 8}(GeO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2} (CLGO) phosphors were prepared by a pechini-type sol–gel method. The structural and morphological studies of the CLGO phosphors were carried out by measuring X-ray diffraction patterns and scanning electron microscope images. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the CLGO:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor exhibited the intense red emission due to the electric-dipole transition while the CLGO:Dy{sup 3+} phosphor showed the blue ({sup 4}F{sub 9/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 15/2}) and yellow ({sup 4}F{sub 9/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 13/2}) emissions with almost equal intensities. The Eu{sup 3+}/Dy{sup 3+} ions co-doped CLGO phosphor showed the improved white light by shifting towards the warm white region. The energy transfer from Dy{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+} ions was investigated by means of PL intensities. The lifetime measurements were also performed for single-doped and co-doped samples. The calculated chromaticity coordinates indicated that these phosphors may be suitable for the fabrication of near-UV excitation-based white light-emitting diodes.

  12. Investigation of Carbon ion-implanted waveguides in tungsten bronze (Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}){sub 0.25}(Sr{sub 0.6}Ba{sub 0.4}){sub 0.75}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} single crystal

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    Jiao, Yang, E-mail: sdujy@163.com; Wang, Chuan-Kui; Li, Zong-Liang; Ren, Ying-Ying

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: •Fabrication of planar waveguides in CSBN25 crystal by MeV C ion implantation at low fluence. •The extraordinary index has a small positive change in the surface region after the implantation. •The relation between index profile parameters and C{sup +} ion energy loss were considered. -- Abstract: Planar optical waveguides were fabricated in (Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}){sub 0.25}(Sr{sub 0.6}Ba{sub 0.4}){sub 0.75}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CSBN25) crystal by 6.0-MeV C{sup +} ion implantation with fluences of 2, 4 and 6 × 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. The mode parameters, refractive indices profiles are measured and the refractive indices behavior in the waveguide region is discussed. The shape of nuclear energy loss distribution of the C{sup +} implantation was similar to those of the waveguide refractive index profiles, which means an inherent relationship between the waveguide formation and the energetic energy deposition. The extraordinary refractive index has a small positive change in the surface region after the implantation.

  13. Accurate determination of the Ca2+ activity in milk-based systems by Ca-ISE: Effects of ionic composition on the single Ca2+ activitiy coefficient and liquid junction potentials

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    Gao, R.; Leeuwen, van H.P.; Valenberg, van H.J.F.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.

    2011-01-01

    Calcium ion selective electrode (Ca-ISE) was found to underestimate the actual Ca2+ ion activity in simulated milk ultrafiltrate (SMUF) and milk. It is shown that the ionic compositional difference between conventional calibration solutions and milk type samples had a significant effect on the singl

  14. Trapping and Sympathetic Cooling of Boron Ions

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    Rugango, Rene; Shu, Gang; Brown, Kenneth R

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the trapping and sympathetic cooling of B$^{+}$ ions in a Coulomb crystal of laser-cooled Ca$^{+}$, We non-destructively confirm the presence of the both B$^+$ isotopes by resonant excitation of the secular motion. The B$^{+}$ ions are loaded by ablation of boron and the secular excitation spectrum also reveals features consistent with ions of the form B$_{n}^{+}$.

  15. Atomic physics experiments with cooled stored ions

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    Schuch, Reinhold

    2004-10-01

    This presentation contains examples of recent atomic physics experiments with stored and cooled ion beams from the CRYRING facility in Stockholm. One of these experiments uses the high luminosity of a cooled MeV proton beam in a He COLTRIMS apparatus (COLd supersonic He gas-jet Target for Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy) for measuring correlation effects in transfer ionization. Another class of experiments exploits the cold electron beam available in the CRYRING electron cooler and cooled heavy-ion beams for recombination experiments. A section concerns the still rather open question of the puzzling recombination enhancement over the radiative recombination theory. Dielectronic resonances at meV-eV energy are measured with a resolution in the order of 10-3-10-2 eV with highly charged ions stored at several hundreds of MeV kinetic energy in the ring. These resonances provide a serious challenge to theories for describing correlation, relativistic, QED effects, and isotope shifts in highly ionized ions. Applications of recombination rates with complex highly charged ions for fusion and astrophysical plasmas are shown.

  16. Atomic physics experiments with cooled stored ions

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    Schuch, Reinhold E-mail: schuch@physto.se

    2004-10-11

    This presentation contains examples of recent atomic physics experiments with stored and cooled ion beams from the CRYRING facility in Stockholm. One of these experiments uses the high luminosity of a cooled MeV proton beam in a He COLTRIMS apparatus (COLd supersonic He gas-jet Target for Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy) for measuring correlation effects in transfer ionization. Another class of experiments exploits the cold electron beam available in the CRYRING electron cooler and cooled heavy-ion beams for recombination experiments. A section concerns the still rather open question of the puzzling recombination enhancement over the radiative recombination theory. Dielectronic resonances at meV-eV energy are measured with a resolution in the order of 10{sup -3}-10{sup -2} eV with highly charged ions stored at several hundreds of MeV kinetic energy in the ring. These resonances provide a serious challenge to theories for describing correlation, relativistic, QED effects, and isotope shifts in highly ionized ions. Applications of recombination rates with complex highly charged ions for fusion and astrophysical plasmas are shown.

  17. Unanimous Model for Describing the Fast Bioluminescence Kinetics of Ca

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    Eremeeva, Elena V.; Bartsev, Sergey I.; Berkel, van Willem J.H.; Vysotski, Eugene S.

    2017-01-01

    Upon binding their metal ion cofactors, Ca2+-regulated photoproteins display a rapid increase of light signal, which reaches its peak within milliseconds. In the present study, we investigate bioluminescence kinetics of the entire photoprotein family. All five recombinant hydromedusan Ca2+-regulated

  18. The Structure of Ca2+ Sensor Case16 Reveals the Mechanism of Reaction to Low Ca2+ Concentrations

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    Lydia A. Strukova

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Here we report the first crystal structure of a high-contrast genetically encoded circularly permuted green fluorescent protein (cpGFP-based Ca2+ sensor, Case16, in the presence of a low Ca2+ concentration. The structure reveals the positioning of the chromophore within Case16 at the first stage of the Ca2+-dependent response when only two out of four Ca2+-binding pockets of calmodulin (CaM are occupied with Ca2+ ions. In such a “half Ca2+-bound state”, Case16 is characterized by an incomplete interaction between its CaM-/M13-domains. We also report the crystal structure of the related Ca2+ sensor Case12 at saturating Ca2+ concentration. Based on this structure, we postulate that cpGFP-based Ca2+ sensors can form non-functional homodimers where the CaM-domain of one sensor molecule binds symmetrically to the M13-peptide of the partner sensor molecule. Case12 and Case16 behavior upon addition of high concentrations of free CaM or M13-peptide reveals that the latter effectively blocks the fluorescent response of the sensor. We speculate that the demonstrated intermolecular interaction with endogenous substrates and homodimerization can impede proper functioning of this type of Ca2+ sensors in living cells.

  19. Red/Blue-Shift Dual-Directional Regulation in Blue-Emitting Ca0.8Ba1.2SiO4:Eu2+ Phosphor on Incorporation of Eu2+/Mg2+ Ions

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    He, Lihua; Zou, Xiao; Wang, Tao; Zheng, Qiaoji; Jiang, Na; Xu, Chenggang; Liu, Yongfu; Lin, Dunmin

    2017-03-01

    Blue-emitting phosphors with composition (Ca0.8Ba1.2)1- x Mg x SiO4: yEu2+ ( x = 0 to 0.11, y = 0.01 to 0.08) have been synthesized via a high-temperature solid-state reaction route and the effects of Mg2+ and Eu2+ codoping on their morphology, crystal structure, and luminescence properties were investigated. For (Ca0.8Ba1.2)1- x Mg x SiO4:0.04Eu2+, the color changed from light-blue to deep-blue region with increasing Mg2+ content from x = 0 to x = 0.11. For (Ca0.8Ba1.2)0.93Mg0.07SiO4: yEu2+, the emission band showed the opposite shift with increasing y from 1% to 8%. Interestingly, increasing Mg2+ addition led to significant reduction in the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) from 100 nm to 70 nm. Compared with Mg-free samples, the emission intensity of the Mg-containing material with x = 0.07 was enhanced by ˜100%. The optimum doping levels of Mg2+ and Eu2+ were 0.07 and 0.02 for (Ca0.8 Ba1.2)1- x Mg x SiO4:0.04Eu2+ and (Ca0.8Ba1.2)0.93Mg0.07SiO4: yEu2+, respectively. These results indicate that such materials could be good candidate blue-emitting phosphors for use in solid-state lighting and displays.

  20. Purinergic receptors stimulate Na+/Ca2+ exchange in pancreatic duct cells: possible role of proteins handling and transporting Ca2+

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    Hansen, Mette R; Krabbe, Simon; Ankorina-Stark, Ieva

    2009-01-01

    Most purinergic receptors activate intracellular Ca(2+) signalling, and in epithelia they stimulate transport of major ions. Aim of the present study on pancreatic ducts was to find whether P2 receptors also regulate cellular Ca(2+) transport, such as that via the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX). Si...

  1. 离子色谱法测定奶粉中氯化胆碱、钠、钾、镁、钙的含量%Determination of Choline Chloride,Na^+,K^+, Mg^2+ and Ca^2+ in Milk Powder by Ion Chromatography

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    曹文军; 崔晗; 沈葆真; 苏海滨; 贺舒文; 黄大亮; 李莉

    2012-01-01

    A method was established to determine choline chloride,Na+,K+,Mg2+ and Ca2+ in milk powder by using ion exchange chromatography with conductivity detector.The samples were separated on a IonPac CS-12A(250mm×4 mm) cation exchange column using gradient elution of MSA,and the velocity was 1.0 mL/min.The detection limit of the method was 0.5~10 mg/L.The relative standard deviation of this method is 2.3%-4.7%(n=6)and the recovery is the range of 74.7%~93.5%.The method is accurate and simple,and is suitable for rapid detection choline chloride,Na+,K+,Mg2+ and Ca2+in milk powder.%建立离子色谱定量测定奶粉中钠、钾、氯化胆碱、镁、钙的方法,应用IonPac CS-12A(250 mm×4 mm)阳离子交换柱,淋洗液为20 mmol/L MSA,等浓度淋洗,流速为1.0 mL/min,电导检测器检测,方法检出限为0.5~10 mg/kg。6次测定平行样,相对标准偏差2.3%~4.7%,5种阳离子加标回收率74.7%~93.5%,该方法具有准确、操作简便等特点,可用于奶粉中钠、钾、氯化胆碱、镁、钙的检测。

  2. Novel regulatory aspects of the extracellular Ca2+-sensing receptor, CaR.

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    Riccardi, Daniela; Finney, Brenda A; Wilkinson, William J; Kemp, Paul J

    2009-10-01

    The capacity to sense and adapt to changes in environmental cues is of paramount importance for every living organism. From yeast to man, cells must be able to match cellular activities to growth environment and nutrient availability. Key to this process is the development of membrane-bound systems that can detect modifications in the extracellular environment and to translate these into biological responses. Evidence gathered over the last 15 years has demonstrated that many of these cell surface "sensors" belong to the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. Crucial to our understanding of nutrient sensing in mammalian species has been the identification of the extracellular Ca(2+)/cation-sensing receptor, CaR. CaR was the first ion-sensing molecule identified in man and genetic studies in humans have revealed the importance of the CaR in mineral ion metabolism. Latter, it has become apparent that the CaR also plays an important role outside the Ca(2+) homeostatic system, as an integrator of multiple environmental signals for the regulation of many vital cellular processes, from cell-to-cell communication to secretion and cell survival/cell death. Recently, novel aspects of receptor function reveal an unexpected role for the CaR in the regulation of growth and development in utero.

  3. Laser Plasmas : Multiple charge states of titanium ions in laser produced plasma

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    M Shukla; S Bandhyopadhyay; V N Rai; A V Kilpio; H C Pant

    2000-11-01

    An intense laser radiation (1012 to 1014 W/cm-2) focused on the solid target creates a hot (≥ 1 keV) and dense plasma having high ionization state. The multiple charged ions with high current densities produced during laser matter interaction have potential application in accelerators as an ion source. This paper presents generation and detection of highly stripped titanium ions (Ti) in laser produced plasma. An Nd:glass laser (KAMETRON) delivering 50 J energy ( = 0.53 m) in 2.5 ns was focused onto a titanium target to produce plasma. This plasma was allowed to drift across a space of ∼ 3 m through a diagnostic hole in the focusing mirror before ions are finally detected with the help of electrostatic ion analyzer. Maximum current density was detected for the charge states of +16 and +17 of Ti ions for laser intensity of ∼ 1014 W/cm-2.

  4. Performance on the low charge state laser ion source in BNL

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    Okamura, M.; Alessi, J.; Beebe, E.; Costanzo, M.; DeSanto, L.; Jamilkowski, J.; Kanesue, T.; Lambiase, R.; Lehn, D.; Liaw, C. J.; McCafferty, D.; Morris, J.; Olsen, R.; Pikin, A.; Raparia, D.; Steszyn, A.; Ikeda, S.

    2015-09-07

    On March 2014, a Laser Ion Source (LIS) was commissioned which delivers high-brightness, low-charge-state heavy ions for the hadron accelerator complex in Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Since then, the LIS has provided many heavy ion species successfully. The low-charge-state (mostly singly charged) beams are injected to the Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS), where ions are then highly ionized to fit to the following accelerator’s Q/M acceptance, like Au32+. Recently we upgraded the LIS to be able to provide two different beams into EBIS on a pulse-to-pulse basis. Now the LIS is simultaneously providing beams for both the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL).

  5. Physiology of epithelial Ca2+ and Mg2+ transport

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    Graaf, S.F.J. van de; Bindels, R.J.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.

    2007-01-01

    Ca2+ and Mg2+ are essential ions in a wide variety of cellular processes and form a major constituent of bone. It is, therefore, essential that the balance of these ions is strictly maintained. In the last decade, major breakthrough discoveries have vastly expanded our knowledge of the mechanisms un

  6. Lithium ion conductivity in the Li-ADPESS (Ca{sub X}Sr{sub 1-X}){sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}Ta{sub 0.775}M(III){sub 0.225}O{sub 3}

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    Harada, Y.; Kuwano, J.; Saito, Y. [Science Univ. of Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Industrial Chemistry

    2002-07-01

    Lithium-ion-conducting A-site-deficient perovskite solid solutions (Li-ADPESSs) were synthesized in three series, (Ca{sub X}Sr{sub 1-X}){sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}Ta{sub 0.775}M(III){sub 0.225}O{sub 3} [M(III)=Cr,Fe,Ga: M(III)-series] whose A-site ion concentration was fixed at A{sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}. A single-phase ADPESSs formed in the whole range of the Cr- and Fe-series, while the formation was limited in a range X<0.6 of the Ga-series. In all the series, the relation between bulk conductivity and the cube root of the perovskite cell volume (V) showed dome-shaped dependence with a maximum at V{sup 1/3}{approx}394-395 pm, which was much larger than an optimal V{sup 1/3}{approx}387 pm for Li-ADPESSs with the (Lanthanoids){sub 0.56}M(IV)O{sub 3} framework. Their activation energies for lithium ion conduction in the optimized Cr- and Fe-series samples were almost the same as that in La{sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}TiO{sub 3}, suggesting the importance of the optimization of the perovskite cell volume for the individual frameworks. (orig.)

  7. Local Aqueous Solvation Structure Around Ca2+ During Ca2+---Cl– Pair Formation

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    Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.

    2016-03-03

    The molecular details of single ion solvation around Ca2+ and ion-pairing of Ca2--Cl- are investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics. The use of empirical dispersion corrections to the BLYP functional are investigated by comparison to experimentally available extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements, which probes the first solvation shell in great detail. Besides finding differences in the free-energy for both ion-pairing and the coordination number of ion solvation between the quantum and classical descriptions of interaction, there were important differences found between dispersion corrected and uncorrected density functional theory (DFT). Specifically, we show significantly different free-energy landscapes for both coordination number of Ca2+ and its ion-pairing with Cl- depending on the DFT simulation protocol. Our findings produce a self-consistent treatment of short-range solvent response to the ion and the intermediate to long-range collective response of the electrostatics of the ion-ion interaction to produce a detailed picture of ion-pairing that is consistent with experiment. MDB is supported by MS3 (Materials Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales) Initiative at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. It was conducted under the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at PNNL, a multiprogram national laboratory operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. CJM acknowledges support from US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. This research used resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a DOE Office of Science User Facility supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Additional computing resources were generously allocated by PNNL's Institutional Computing program. The authors thank Prof. Tom Beck for discussions

  8. Ca2+对酸性硫酸盐环境中次生铁矿物合成的影响%Effect of calcium ions on secondary iron minerals formation in sulfate-rich acidic environment

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    刘奋武; 高诗颖; 崔春红; 梁剑茹; 周立祥

    2015-01-01

    通过摇瓶培养试验,在富铁酸性硫酸盐环境中,探析0、50、100、200或400mg/L Ca2+加入对嗜酸性氧化亚铁硫杆菌(A.ferrooxidans)生物合成次生铁矿物过程的影响.分析了体系pH值、氧化还原电位(ORP)、Fe2+氧化率、总Fe沉淀率以及次生铁矿物矿相等相关指标的变化情况.结果表明,0~24h培养过程中,各体系pH值、ORP、Fe2+氧化率及总Fe沉淀率变化幅度基本一致.24~108h培养过程中,体系中Ca2+加入量越大,Fe2+氧化越迅速,相应总Fe沉淀率相对较高.400mg/L Ca2+的加入使得体系Fe2+在72h氧化完全,总Fe沉淀率在108h达到39.1%.0、50、100或200mg/L Ca2+加入的体系在24~84h培养过程中,体系Fe2+氧化速率随着Ca2+加入量逐渐增加而依次升高,并在84h Fe2+氧化完全,且在108h,相应体系总Fe沉淀率分别为27.0%、29.7%、33.9%或36.9%.不同体系所得次生铁矿物均为施氏矿物与黄铁矾的混合物.本研究结果对明晰富铁酸性硫酸盐环境钙离子调控生物成因次生铁矿物合成的影响机理有一定指导意义.

  9. Improved four-color flow cytometry method using fluo-3 and triple immunofluorescence for analysis of intracellular calcium ion ([Ca2+]i) fluxes among mouse lymph node B- and T-lymphocyte subsets.

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    Greimers, R; Trebak, M; Moutschen, M; Jacobs, N; Boniver, J

    1996-03-01

    A visible-light, dual-laser, flow cytometric method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of intracellular ionized calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and three cell-surface markers (CD4, CD8, and Thy-1.2 antigens) by using the calcium probe fluo-3 and using R-phycoerythrin (PE), peridinin chlorophyll-alpha protein (PerCP), and allophycocyanin (APC) conjugated monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs). This improved method was used in the analysis of [Ca2+]i mobilization upon in vitro stimulation with mitogenic lectins [phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) or concanavalin A (ConA)], anti-CD3 MoAbs, or A23187 calcium ionophore in the heterogeneous lymph node cell populations from healthy C57BL/Ka mice. The present results show that the calcium responses were heterogeneous and dependent on the cellular immunophenotype, not only on lectins or anti-CD3 MoAbs stimulation, but also on the receptor-independent A23187 ionophore stimulation. An in situ fluo-3 calibration method (using A23187 and metabolic poisons in Ca2+ /EGTA buffers with known free calcium concentrations) indicated a resting [Ca2+]i in lymphocytes of 103 +/- 23 nM (mean +/- S.D.) but with significant differences between the [Ca2+]i in B cells and in all of the T-cell subsets (CD4+Thy-1+, CD4+Thy-1-, and CD8+T cells). Both the B cells and the T-cell subsets showed an increase of fluo-3 fluorescence upon in vitro stimulation with ConA or PHA, but the calcium mobilization following lectin stimulation was time delayed in all T-cell subsets. Only the T cells, including the CD4+Thy-1- subset, responded to anti-CD3 MoAbs. The percentage of responding cells upon stimulation with ConA was higher in T cells than in B cells. By contrast, PHA gave a higher response in B cells. After stimulation with different mitogens, [Ca2+]i increased in both CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell subsets. However, the percentage of responding cells was far higher in the CD4+Thy-1+ subset than in the CD4+Thy-1- or the CD8+T-cell subsets. The stimulation with A23187

  10. Fusion calculations for 40Ca+40Ca, 48Ca+48Ca, 40Ca+48Ca and p+208Pb systems

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    Gao, Jie; Zhang, Haifei; Bao, Xiaojun; Li, Junqing; Zhang, Hongfei

    2014-09-01

    The fusion cross sections of calcium isotopes and proton induced fusion have been calculated in terms of a coupled-channels formulation. Results indicated that there are big differences between the two fusion types. In the calculations of calcium isotopes fusion, the pair-transfer coupling has been applied in addition to the vibrational coupling, the combined effects showed that pair-transfer has played a significant role in the fusion process for the asymmetric 40Ca+48Ca system. The result of proton induced fusion for p+208Pb system successfully presents the fusion oscillation, which agrees with the experimental data rather well.

  11. Ion-Ion Neutralization.

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    1980-12-31

    plasma were identified using a downstream quadrupole mass spectrometer. In these experimento it is a simple matter to establish H+(H 2 0):f as the...pressure as predicted by the Thomson t2rnary mechanism whicK hzr been suownr to be valid experimentally at hiTh rrsurs (,han and Peron, 1:EI4 hereafter t...of NO , NO2 ions in various gases and the ternary recombination coefficients of these ions in the higher pres:;ure ( Thomson ) re"ie. Equation (5) cr>n

  12. CO/H$_2$, C/CO, OH/CO, and OH/O$_2$ in Dense Interstellar Gas: From High Ionization to Low Metallicity

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    Bialy, Shmuel

    2014-01-01

    We present numerical computations and analytic scaling relations for cold-gas, ionization-driven interstellar ion-molecule chemistry, down to the very low metallicities (< 10$^{-3}$ solar) associated with the Pop-III to Pop-II star transition and the early enrichment reionization epoch. We focus on the behavior for H$_2$, CO, CH, OH, H$_2$O and O$_2$. We consider shielded or partially shielded one-zone gas parcels, and solve the chemical rate equations for steady-state conditions for a wide range of ionization parameters, $\\zeta/n$, and metallicties, $Z'$. We find that the OH abundances are always maximal at the H-to-H$_2$ conversion points, and that large OH abundances persist at very low metallicities even when the hydrogen is predominantly atomic. We study the OH/O$_2$, C/CO and OH/CO abundance ratios, from large to small, as functions of $\\zeta/n$ and $Z'$. Cold dense star-forming clouds for the Pop-II generation may have been OH-dominated and atomic rather than CO-dominated and molecular.

  13. CO/H2, C/CO, OH/CO, and OH/O2 in dense interstellar gas: from high ionization to low metallicity

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    Bialy, Shmuel; Sternberg, Amiel

    2015-07-01

    We present numerical computations and analytic scaling relations for interstellar ion-molecule gas-phase chemistry down to very low metallicities (10-3 × solar), and/or up to high driving ionization rates. Relevant environments include the cool interstellar medium (ISM) in low-metallicity dwarf galaxies, early enriched clouds at the reionization and Pop-II star formation era, and in dense cold gas exposed to intense X-ray or cosmic ray sources. We focus on the behaviour for H2, CO, CH, OH, H2O and O2, at gas temperatures ˜100 K, characteristic of a cooled ISM at low metallicities. We consider shielded or partially shielded one-zone gas parcels, and solve the gas-phase chemical rate equations for the steady-state `metal-molecule abundances for a wide range of ionization parameters, ζ/n, and metallicties, Z '. We find that the OH abundances are always maximal near the H-to-H2 conversion points, and that large OH abundances persist at very low metallicities even when the hydrogen is predominantly atomic. We study the OH/O2, C/CO and OH/CO abundance ratios, from large to small, as functions of ζ/n and Z '. Much of the cold dense ISM for the Pop-II generation may have been OH-dominated and atomic rather than CO-dominated and molecular.

  14. A study of the dissociative recombination of CaO+ with electrons: Implications for Ca chemistry in the upper atmosphere

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    Bones, D. L.; Gerding, M.; Höffner, J.; Martín, Juan Carlos Gómez; Plane, J. M. C.

    2016-12-01

    The dissociative recombination of CaO+ ions with electrons has been studied in a flowing afterglow reactor. CaO+ was generated by the pulsed laser ablation of a Ca target, followed by entrainment in an Ar+ ion/electron plasma. A kinetic model describing the gas-phase chemistry and diffusion to the reactor walls was fitted to the experimental data, yielding a rate coefficient of (3.0 ± 1.0) × 10-7 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 at 295 K. This result has two atmospheric implications. First, the surprising observation that the Ca+/Fe+ ratio is 8 times larger than Ca/Fe between 90 and 100 km in the atmosphere can now be explained quantitatively by the known ion-molecule chemistry of these two metals. Second, the rate of neutralization of Ca+ ions in a descending sporadic E layer is fast enough to explain the often explosive growth of sporadic neutral Ca layers.

  15. Molecular mechanisms of the epithelial transport of toxic metal ions, particularly mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, zinc, and copper. Progress report, January 1, 1979-December 31, 1979. [Ca; Pb; cockerels

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    Wasserman, R H

    1979-01-01

    The mechanism of lead transport is presented, and especially the particular similarities or dissimilarities between lead and calcium in this process. The absorption of these metals was determined cockerels, raised on a commercial diet or on a specified diet, using in vivo ligated loop procedure. The dose administered into the loop contained 0.5 ..mu..Ci /sup 203/Pb (and/or 0.1 ..mu..Ci /sup 47/Ca), and 0.01 mM lead acetate (and/or mM CaCl/sub 2/) in 0.5 ml 0.15 M NaCl,pH 6.5. It was shown that lead is rapidly taken up by the mucosal tissue, and slowly transferred into the body, whereas less calcium is retained by the tissue and the transfer of calcium is many times as effective as that for lead. They appear to respond in a similar manner to a low calcium intake and vitamin D treatment. Increasing luminal stable lead concentration significantly reduced the percentage of radiolead significantly reduced the percentage of radiolead absorbed, but did not affect the absorption of calcium. Also, vitamin D enhanced the transfer of plasma /sup 47/Ca into the lumen but did not affect the transfer of plasma /sup 203/Pb. Intravenous administration of 1,25(OH)/sub 2/CC to rachitic chicks enhanced calcium and lead absorption, but the maximal absorption of these metals occurred at slightly different times after administering this metabolite, indicating that two different transport systems may be involved. It was concluded that lead is transported across the epithelial wall by a passive diffusion and this process is affected by vitamin D in a similar manner as this vitamin affects the diffusional component of calcium transport.

  16. Solid state interactions in the systems CaO(CaCO3-Fe2O3 and CuFe2O4-CaO

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    Boyanov B.S.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The solid state interactions in the systems CaO(CaCO3-Fe2O3 and CuFe2O4-CaO have been studied using X-ray diffraction analysis. The influence of the temperature on the ferrite formation process has been investigated in the range of 900-1200 oC and duration up to 360 min. It has been shown that a mixture of ferrites forms at 1000 oC and interaction of 240 min. The exchange reactions in the systems CuFe2O4-CaO and Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4-CaO have been studied, too. It has been established that Ca2+ ions exchange Cu2+ and Zn2 partially and the solubility of copper and zinc in a 7 % sulfuric acid solution increases 10-15 times.

  17. The effect of external Ca2+ and Ca2+—channel modulators on red—light—induced swelling of protoplasts of Phaseolus radiatus L.

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    LONGCHENG; XIAOJINGWANG; 等

    1998-01-01

    Red-light-induced swelling of the protoplasts isolated from hypocotyl of etiolated mung bean(Phaseolus radiatusL.)was observed only when Ca2+ ions were present in the medium.The optimal CaCl2 concentration was 250μM,Swlling response declined when Ca2+ was supplied into the medium after red light irradiation.The Ca2+-chelator EGTA eliminated the red-light-induced swelling and 45Ca2+ accumulation in the protoplasts.In conltrast,A23187,a Ca2+-ionophore,could mimic the effect of red light in darkness.These results indicate that Ca2+ may play a role in light signal transduction.In addition,swelling response was prevented by TFP and CPZ(both are CaM antagonists),implying the involvement of CaM in red-light-induced and Ca2+ -dependent protoplast swelling.

  18. K-shell Photoabsorption of Oxygen Ions

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    García, J; Bautista, M A; Gorczyca, T W; Kallman, T R; Palmeri, P

    2004-01-01

    Extensive calculations of the atomic data required for the spectral modelling of the K-shell photoabsorption of oxygen ions have been carried out in a multi-code approach. The present level energies and wavelengths for the highly ionized species (electron occupancies 2 4, lack of measurements, wide experimental scatter, and discrepancies among theoretical values are handicaps in reliable accuracy assessments. The radiative and Auger rates are expected to be accurate to 10% and 20%, respectively, except for transitions involving strongly mixed levels. Radiative and Auger dampings have been taken into account in the calculation of photoabsorption cross sections in the K-threshold region, leading to overlapping lorentzian shaped resonances of constant widths that cause edge smearing. The behavior of the improved opacities in this region has been studied with the XSTAR modelling code using simple constant density slab models, and is displayed for a range of ionization parameters.

  19. Enhanced Physicochemical and Biological Properties of Ion-Implanted Titanium Using Electron Cyclotron Resonance Ion Sources

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    Csaba Hegedűs

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The surface properties of metallic implants play an important role in their clinical success. Improving upon the inherent shortcomings of Ti implants, such as poor bioactivity, is imperative for achieving clinical use. In this study, we have developed a Ti implant modified with Ca or dual Ca + Si ions on the surface using an electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS. The physicochemical and biological properties of ion-implanted Ti surfaces were analyzed using various analytical techniques, such as surface analyses, potentiodynamic polarization and cell culture. Experimental results indicated that a rough morphology was observed on the Ti substrate surface modified by ECRIS plasma ions. The in vitro electrochemical measurement results also indicated that the Ca + Si ion-implanted surface had a more beneficial and desired behavior than the pristine Ti substrate. Compared to the pristine Ti substrate, all ion-implanted samples had a lower hemolysis ratio. MG63 cells cultured on the high Ca and dual Ca + Si ion-implanted surfaces revealed significantly greater cell viability in comparison to the pristine Ti substrate. In conclusion, surface modification by electron cyclotron resonance Ca and Si ion sources could be an effective method for Ti implants.

  20. Cold molecular ions on a chip

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    Mokhberi, A

    2014-01-01

    We report the sympathetic cooling and Coulomb crystallization of molecular ions above the surface of an ion-trap chip. N$_2^+$ and CaH$^+$ ions were confined in a surface-electrode radiofrequency ion trap and cooled by the interaction with laser-cooled Ca$^{+}$ ions to secular translational temperatures in the millikelvin range. The configuration of trapping potentials generated by the surface electrodes enabled the formation of planar bicomponent Coulomb crystals and the spatial separation of the molecular from the atomic ions on the chip. The structural and thermal properties of the Coulomb crystals were characterized using molecular dynamics simulations. The present study extends chip-based trapping techniques to Coulomb-crystallized molecular ions with potential applications in mass spectrometry, cold chemistry, quantum information science and spectroscopy.

  1. Interfacial ferromagnetism and exchange bias in CaRuO3/CaMnO3 superlattices.

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    He, C; Grutter, A J; Gu, M; Browning, N D; Takamura, Y; Kirby, B J; Borchers, J A; Kim, J W; Fitzsimmons, M R; Zhai, X; Mehta, V V; Wong, F J; Suzuki, Y

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    We have found ferromagnetism in epitaxially grown superlattices of CaRuO(3)/CaMnO(3) that arises in one unit cell at the interface. Scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the difference in magnitude of the Mn valence states between the center of the CaMnO(3) layer and the interface region is consistent with double exchange interaction among the Mn ions at the interface. Polarized neutron reflectivity and the CaMnO(3) thickness dependence of the exchange bias field together indicate that the interfacial ferromagnetism is only limited to one unit cell of CaMnO(3) at each interface. The interfacial moment alternates between the 1 μ(B)/interface Mn ion for even CaMnO(3) layers and the 0.5 μ(B)/interface Mn ion for odd CaMnO(3) layers. This modulation, combined with the exchange bias, suggests the presence of a modulating interlayer coupling between neighboring ferromagnetic interfaces via the antiferromagnetic CaMnO(3) layers.

  2. Elevation dependent sensitivity of northern hardwoods to Ca addition at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH USA

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    Rakesh Minocha; Stephanie Long; Palaniswamy Thangavel; Subhash C. Minocha; Christopher Eagar; Charles T. Driscoll

    2010-01-01

    Acidic deposition has caused a depletion of calcium (Ca) in the northeastern forest soils. Wollastonite (Ca silicate) was added to watershed 1 (WS1) at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) in 1999 to evaluate its effects on various functions of the HBEF ecosystem. The effects of Ca addition on foliar soluble (extractable in 5% HClO4) ions...

  3. l-Amino acid sensing by the extracellular Ca2+-sensing receptor

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    Conigrave, Arthur D; Quinn, Stephen J.; Brown, Edward M.

    2000-01-01

    The extracellular calcium (Ca2+o)-sensing receptor (CaR) recognizes and responds to (i.e., “senses”) Ca2+o as its principal physiological ligand. In the present studies, we document that the CaR is activated not only by extracellular calcium ions but also by amino acids, establishing its capacity to sense nutrients of two totally different classes. l-Amino acids, especially aromatic amino acids, including l-phenylalanine and l-tryptophan, stereoselectively mobilized Ca2+ ions in the presence ...

  4. Ion-binding of glycine zwitterion with inorganic ions in biologically relevant aqueous electrolyte solutions.

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    Fedotova, Marina V; Kruchinin, Sergey E

    2014-06-01

    The ion-binding between inorganic ions and charged functional groups of glycine zwitter-ion in NaCl(aq), KCl(aq), MgCl2(aq), and CaCl2(aq) has been investigated over a wide salt concentration range by using integral equation theory in the 3D-RISM approach. These systems mimic biological systems where binding of ions to charged residues at protein surfaces is relevant. It has been found that the stability of ion pairs formed by the carboxylate group and added inorganic cations decreases in the sequence Mg(2+)>Ca(2+)>Na(+)>K(+). However, all formed ion pairs are weak and decrease in stability with increasing salt concentration. On the other hand, at a given salt concentration the stability of (-NH3(+):Cl(-))aq ion pairs is similar in all studied systems. The features of ion-binding and the salt concentration effect on this process are discussed.

  5. Conversion and optimization of the parameters from an extended form of the ion-interaction model for Ca(NO3)2(aq) and NaNO3(aq) to those of the standard Pitzer model, and an assessment of the accuracy of the parameter temperature representations

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    Wijesinghe, A M; Rard, J A

    2004-12-21

    The electrolytes Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(aq) and NaNO{sub 3}(aq) are both extremely soluble but differ in several important respects. Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(aq) has complex behavior at low ionic strengths and forms several thermodynamically stable and metastable solid phases, whereas NaNO{sub 3}(aq) forms only an anhydrous solid phase. The thermodynamic properties of both have previously been modeled using extended Pitzer ion-interaction models that include higher-order virial terms, in addition to those of the standard Pitzer model. The parameters of the original Pitzer model, however, are often needed for thermodynamic modeling calculations. In this paper we convert the parameters of the extended ion-interaction models for Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(aq) and NaNO{sub 3}(aq) to the standard Pitzer model using an extension of the methodology previously described by Rard and Wijesinghe [J. Chem. Thermodynamics 35 (2003) 439.473]. In this variant, the exponential coefficient {alpha}{sub 1}{sup P} of Pitzer's model is also optimized to yield the most accurate overall representation of the osmotic coefficients {phi} over the ionic strength and temperature ranges of interest. The optimal values of {alpha}{sub 1}{sup P} = 0.87 kg{sup 1/2} {center_dot} mol{sup -1/2} for Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(aq) and {alpha}{sub 1}{sup P} = 1.43 kg{sup 1/2} {center_dot} mol{sup -1/2} for NaNO{sub 3}(aq) are smaller than the value {alpha}{sub 1}{sup P} = 2.00 kg{sup 1/2} {center_dot} mol{sup -1/2} normally used for electrolytes of these valence types. In both cases, the accuracy of the osmotic coefficients predicted by the standard Pitzer model was nearly equal to that of the extended Pitzer model up to the solubility limit for T = (298.15 to 423.15) K. This result is consistent with the findings of Rard, Wijesinghe, and Wolery [J. Chem. Eng. Data 49 (2004) 1127-1140] who obtained a substantial improvement in model accuracy for Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}(aq) at T = 298.15 K by optimizing this parameter

  6. Ca(2+-dependent regulation of the Ca(2+ concentration in the myometrium mitochondria. II. Ca(2+ effects on mitochondria membranes polarization and [Ca(2+](m

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    L. G. Babich

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available It is known that Ca2+ accumulation in the mitochondria undergoes complex regulation by Ca2+ itself. But the mechanisms of such regulation are still discussed. In this paper we have shown that Ca ions directly or indirectly regulate the level of myometrium mitochondria membranes polarization. The additions of 100 µM Ca2+ were accompanied by depolarization of the mitochondria membranes. The following experiments were designed to study the impact of Ca2+ on the myometrium mitochondria [Ca2+]m. Isolated myometrium mitochondria were preincubated without or with 10 μM Са2+ followed by 100 μM Са2+ addition. Experiments were conducted in three mediums: without ATP and Mg2+ (0-medium, in the presence of 3 mM Mg2+ (Mg-medium and 3 mM Mg2+ + 3 mM ATP (Mg,ATP-medium. It was shown that the effects of 10 μM Са2+ addition were different in different mediums, namely in 0- and Mg-medium the [Ca2+]m values increased, whereas in Mg,ATP-medium statistically reliable changes were not registered. Preincubation of mitochondria with 10 μM Са2+ did not affect the [Ca2+]m value after the addition of 100 μM Са2+. The [Ca2+]m values after 100 μM Са2+ addition were the same in 0- and Mg,ATP-mediums and somewhat lower in Mg-medium. Preliminary incubation of mitochondria with 10 μM Са2+ in 0- and Mg-mediums reduced changes of Fluo 4 normalized fluorescence values that were induced by 100 μM Са2+ additions, but in Mg,ATP-medium such differences were not recorded. It is concluded that Са2+ exchange in myometrium mitochondria is regulated by the concentration of Ca ions as in the external medium, so in the matrix of mitochondria. The medium composition had a significant impact on the [Са2+]m values in the absence of exogenous cation. It is suggested that light increase of [Са2+]m before the addition of 100 μM Са2+ may have a positive effect on the functional activity of the mitochondria.

  7. Determination of the membrane topology of the small EF-hand Ca2+-sensing proteins CaBP7 and CaBP8.

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    Hannah V McCue

    Full Text Available The CaBPs represent a subfamily of small EF-hand containing calcium (Ca(2+-sensing proteins related to calmodulin that regulate key ion channels in the mammalian nervous system. In a recent bioinformatic analyses we determined that CaBP7 and CaBP8 form an evolutionarily distinct branch within the CaBPs (also known as the calneurons a finding that is consistent with earlier observations characterising a putative C-terminal transmembrane (TM spanning helix in each of these proteins which is essential for their sub-cellular targeting to the Golgi apparatus and constitutive secretory vesicles. The C-terminal position of the predicted TM-helix suggests that CaBP7 and CaBP8 could be processed in a manner analogous to tail-anchored integral membrane proteins which exhibit the ability to insert across membranes post-translationally. In this study we have investigated the topology of CaBP7 and CaBP8 within cellular membranes through a combination of trypsin protection and epitope accessibility analyses. Our results indicate that the TM-helices of CaBP7 and CaBP8 insert fully across membranes such that their extreme C-termini are luminal. The observed type-II membrane topology is consistent with processing of CaBP7 and CaBP8 as true tail-anchored proteins. This targeting mechanism is distinct from any other calmodulin related Ca(2+-sensor and conceivably underpins unique physiological functions of these proteins.

  8. A study of the ground states of CaC2H+2,CaC2D+2 and CaC2H+4

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    2002-01-01

    The geometries, vibrational frequencies and bind energies are reported for the ground states of CaC2H+2, CaC2D+2 and CaC2H+4. CaC2H+2 and CaC2H+4 equilibrium geometries have C2v symmetry with the metal ion lying in the perpendicular bisector of the C-C bond. The ground state in both CaC2H+2 and CaC2H+4 molecules ia a 2A1 state and the binding in the ground state is mainly electrostatic. For both CaC2H+2 and CaC2H+4 the ligand is only slightly distorted from its free ligand structure, the C-C distance has hardly increased and there is only a very small bending of the H atom away from the Ca atom. This is consistent with the electrostatic nature of the bonding. Two different approaches-Hartree-Fock(HF) and density functional theory methods(DFT)-are used and basis sets here used is 6-311+G(3df,2p). The DFT results are in good agreement with experiments, namely, DFT methods provide the benefits that some more expensive ab initio methods can do, but at essentially HF cost. So it is important to include electron correlation for accurate results in this study.

  9. Luminescence concentration quenching and site-occupancy of Eu2+ ions in Na2Ca2Si3O9 phosphors derived from 45S5 glass-ceramics

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    Zhu, Yangguang; Tong, Chao; Xu, Chuanyan; Li, Yadong; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2016-04-01

    The phosphors of Na2Ca2-2xEu2xSi3O9 (x = 0, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07, 0.09) were first synthesized by sol-gel method. The crystal phase formations of the phosphors were detected by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) measurements and the structure refinement. The photoluminescence spectra, the concentration quenching, the luminescence decay curves and the luminescence color chromaticity were measured, respectively. The excitation spectra indicate that the phosphors can be effectively excited by near UV-LED chips. Two kinds of Eu2+ sites centered at 545 nm and 505 nm were discussed by analyzing the spectra, concentration-dependent luminescence intensity and lifetimes. This is a potential tool for monitoring the bioactivity of 45S5 glass-ceramics in situ.

  10. Marine Toxins Targeting Ion Channels

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    Hugo R. Arias

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: This introductory minireview points out the importance of ion channels for cell communication. The basic concepts on the structure and function of ion channels triggered by membrane voltage changes, the so-called voltage-gated ion channels (VGICs, as well as those activated by neurotransmitters, the so-called ligand-gated ion channel (LGICs, are introduced. Among the most important VGIC superfamiles, we can name the voltage-gated Na+ (NaV, Ca2+ (CaV, and K+ (KV channels. Among the most important LGIC super families, we can include the Cys-loop or nicotinicoid, the glutamate-activated (GluR, and the ATP-activated (P2XnR receptor superfamilies. Ion channels are transmembrane proteins that allow the passage of different ions in a specific or unspecific manner. For instance, the activation of NaV, CaV, or KV channels opens a pore that is specific for Na+, Ca2+, or K+, respectively. On the other hand, the activation of certain LGICs such as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, GluRs, and P2XnRs allows the passage of cations (e.g., Na+, K+, and/or Ca2+, whereas the activation of other LGICs such as type A γ-butyric acid and glycine receptors allows the passage of anions (e.g., Cl− and/or HCO3−. In this regard, the activation of NaV and CaV as well as ligand-gated cation channels produce membrane depolarization, which finally leads to stimulatory effects in the cell, whereas the activation of KV as well as ligand-gated anion channels induce membrane hyperpolarization that finally leads to inhibitory effects in the cell. The importance of these ion channel superfamilies is emphasized by considering their physiological functions throughout the body as well as their pathophysiological implicance in several neuronal diseases. In this regard, natural molecules, and especially marine toxins, can be potentially used as modulators (e.g., inhibitors or prolongers of ion channel functions to treat or to alleviate a specific

  11. Structural basis for the high Ca2+ affinity of the ubiquitous SERCA2b Ca2+ pump.

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    Vandecaetsbeek, Ilse; Trekels, Mieke; De Maeyer, Marc; Ceulemans, Hugo; Lescrinier, Eveline; Raeymaekers, Luc; Wuytack, Frank; Vangheluwe, Peter

    2009-11-03

    Sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase (SERCA) Ca(2+) transporters pump cytosolic Ca(2+) into the endoplasmic reticulum, maintaining a Ca(2+) gradient that controls vital cell functions ranging from proliferation to death. To meet the physiological demand of the cell, SERCA activity is regulated by adjusting the affinity for Ca(2+) ions. Of all SERCA isoforms, the housekeeping SERCA2b isoform displays the highest Ca(2+) affinity because of a unique C-terminal extension (2b-tail). Here, an extensive structure-function analysis of SERCA2b mutants and SERCA1a2b chimera revealed how the 2b-tail controls Ca(2+) affinity. Its transmembrane (TM) segment (TM11) and luminal extension functionally cooperate and interact with TM7/TM10 and luminal loops of SERCA2b, respectively. This stabilizes the Ca(2+)-bound E1 conformation and alters Ca(2+)-transport kinetics, which provides the rationale for the higher apparent Ca(2+) affinity. Based on our NMR structure of TM11 and guided by mutagenesis results, a structural model was developed for SERCA2b that supports the proposed 2b-tail mechanism and is reminiscent of the interaction between the alpha- and beta-subunits of Na(+),K(+)-ATPase. The 2b-tail interaction site may represent a novel target to increase the Ca(2+) affinity of malfunctioning SERCA2a in the failing heart to improve contractility.

  12. The Ca(2+)/Calmodulin/CaMKK2 Axis: Nature's Metabolic CaMshaft.

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    Marcelo, Kathrina L; Means, Anthony R; York, Brian

    2016-10-01

    Calcium (Ca(2+)) is an essential ligand that binds its primary intracellular receptor calmodulin (CaM) to trigger a variety of downstream processes and pathways. Central to the actions of Ca(2+)/CaM is the activation of a highly conserved Ca(2+)/CaM kinase (CaMK) cascade that amplifies Ca(2+) signals through a series of subsequent phosphorylation events. Proper regulation of Ca(2+) flux is necessary for whole-body metabolism and disruption of Ca(2+) homeostasis has been linked to various metabolic diseases. Here we provide a synthesis of recent advances that highlight the roles of the Ca(2+)/CaMK axis in key metabolic tissues. An appreciation of this information is critical to understanding the mechanisms by which Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent signaling contributes to metabolic homeostasis and disease.

  13. Ion mediated targeting of cells with nanoparticles

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    Maheshwari, Vivek; Fu, Jinlong

    2010-03-01

    In eukaryotic cells, Ca^2+ ions are necessary for intracellular signaling, in activity of mitochondria and a variety of other cellular process that have been linked to cell apoptosis, proteins synthesis and cell-cycle regulation. Here we show that Ca^2+ ions, serving as the bio-compatible interface can be used to target Saccharomyces cerevisiae (SaC, baker's yeast), a model eukaryotic cell, with Au nanoparticles (10 nm). The Ca^2+ ions bind to the carboxylic acid groups in the citrate functionalized Au nanoparticles. This transforms the nanoparticles into micron long 1-D branched chain assemblies due to inter-particle dipole-dipole interaction and inter-particle bonding due to the divalent nature of the Ca^2+ ion. A similar transformation is observed with the use of divalent ions Mg^2+, Cd^2+ and Fe^2+. The 1-D assembly aids the interfacing of ion-nanoparticles on the cell by providing multiple contact points. Further monovalent ions such as Na^+ are also effective for the targeting of the cell with nanoparticles. However Na-Au nanoparticles are limited in their deposition as they exist in solution as single particles. The cells remain alive after the deposition process and their vitality is unaffected by the interfacing with ion-nanoparticles.

  14. Na+、Ca2+和pH值对鲸鲨皮胶原蛋白热变性温度的影响%Effects of Metal Ions and pH on Thermal Stability of Whale Sharp (Rhincodon typus) Skin Collagen

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    康俊霞; 康永锋; 包斌; 陈志华; 谢晶; 吴文惠

    2011-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) analysis was used to systematically study the effect of different concentrations of Na+,Ca2+ and H+ on the thermal denaturation temperatures of type I and type II collagens from whale sharp skin.The type I collagen had maximum absorption at 233.05 nm and the type II collagen at 232.90 nm and 277.88 nm.Aggregation dynamic analysis indicated that the turbidity of the type I and II collagens exhibited an S-shaped curve with 3 stages including initial stage,growth stage and stable stage.The thermal stability of the two types of collagens was examined by high-sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry.The thermal denaturation temperatures of the type I and II collagens were at 40 and 62 ℃,respectively.Their thermal denaturation temperatures were reduced at low concentrations of Na+ and Ca2+.These results indicated that metal ions could affect charged residues in native collagen molecules,thus leading to the reduction in thermal denaturation temperature.At intermediate concentrations of Na+ and Ca2+,the thermal denaturation temperature of type I and II collagens revealed a continuous reduction,which suggested that the loss of thermal stability might be due to the competition for water molecules between metal ions and collagen.High concentrations of Na+ and Ca2+ resulted in an increase in collagen denaturation temperature due to protein salting out.Extreme pH treatment caused partial denaturation of collagen and the denaturation peak became smaller or even disappeared.%通过差示扫描量热法(DSC)对不同浓度的Na+、Ca2+和pH值对鲸鲨皮I型胶原蛋白和鲸鲨皮Ⅱ型胶原蛋白热变性温度的影响进行系统研究。I型胶原蛋白的特征性紫外吸收波长位于233.05nm,Ⅱ胶原蛋白的特征性紫外吸收波长位于232.90nm和277.88nm。研究胶原蛋白的聚集动力学曲线,发现鲸鲨I型胶原蛋白和鲸鲨Ⅱ型胶原蛋白浊度随时间变化趋势均呈S

  15. Barium Ions for Quantum Computation

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    Dietrich, M R; Bowler, R; Kurz, N; Salacka, J S; Shu, G; Blinov, B B

    2009-01-01

    Individually trapped 137Ba+ in an RF Paul trap is proposed as a qubit ca ndidate, and its various benefits are compared to other ionic qubits. We report the current experimental status of using this ion for quantum computation. Fut ure plans and prospects are discussed.

  16. Purification and characteristics of Ca2+,Mg2+- and Ca2+,Mn2+-dependent and acid DNases from spermatozoa of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus intermedius.

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    Shastina, V V; Menzorova, N I; Sibirtsev, Yu T; Rasskazov, V A

    2003-05-01

    Ca2+,Mg2+- and Ca2+,Mn2+-dependent and acid DNases were isolated from spermatozoa of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus intermedius. The enzymes have been purified by successive chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, phenyl-Sepharose, Source 15Q, and by gel filtration, and the principal physicochemical and enzymatic properties of the purified enzymes were determined. Ca2+,Mg2+-dependent DNase (Ca,Mg-DNase) is a nuclear protein with molecular mass of 63 kD as the native form and its activity optimum is at pH 7.5. The enzyme activity in the presence of bivalent metal ions decreases in the series (Ca2+ + Mg2+) > Mn2+ = (Ca2+ + Mn2+) > (Mg2+ + EGTA) > Ca2+. Ca,Mg-DNase retains its maximal activity in sea water and is not inhibited by G-actin and N-ethylmaleimide, whereas Zn(2+) inhibits the enzyme. The endogenous Ca,Mg-DNase is responsible for the internucleosomal cleavage of chromosomal DNA of spermatozoa. Ca2+,Mn2+-dependent DNase (Ca,Mn-DNase) has molecular mass of 25 kD as the native form and the activity optimum at pH 8.5. The enzyme activity in the presence of bivalent metal ions decreases in the series (Ca2+ + Mn2+) > (Ca2+ + Mg2+) > Mn2+ > (Mg2+ + EGTA). In seawater the enzyme is inactive. Zinc ions inhibit Ca,Mn-DNase. Acid DNase of spermatozoa (A-DNase) is not a nuclear protein, it has molecular mass of 37 kD as a native form and the activity optimum at pH 5.5, it is not activated by bivalent metal ions, and it is inhibited by N-ethylmaleimide and iodoacetic acid. Mechanisms of the endonuclease cleavage of double-stranded DNA have been established for the three enzymes. The possible involvement of DNases from sea urchin spermatozoa in programmed cell death is discussed.

  17. Cutaneous transport of Ca2+ in the frog Rana pipiens: significance and specificity.

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    Stiffler, D F; Eskandari, S; Dejbakhsh, S

    1997-04-01

    Rana pipiens were divided into four groups: controls; hypocalcemic frogs, depleted of salts by acclimation to deionized water; hypercalcemic frogs, calcium-loaded by the introduction of 40 mumol calcium gluconate; and frogs exposed to the potential competing ions Mg2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+. All groups displayed calcium influx that was proportional to external [Ca2+]; however, the group acclimated to deionized water also displayed hypocalcemia (P 0.3 mM) external [Ca2+]. Ca2+ efflux was depressed in hypocalcemic frogs, and thus net Ca2+ flux shifted from net loss in control frogs to net uptake in hypocalcemic frogs. Hypocalcemia also resulted in increased skin Ca2+ deposits which may be related to a decreased Ca2+ (and other ions) permeability as a consequence of the acclimation to deionized water. Another group of frogs was Ca(2+)-loaded by injecting calcium gluconate: Sodium gluconate controls did not significantly alter Ca2+ fluxes. The frogs that received calcium gluconate treatments became hypercalcemic (P < 0.01) and did not display significant changes in calcium fluxes, nor did they show significant changes in skin calcium deposits. We conclude that hypocalcemia leads to regulatory responses that stimulate active Ca2+ transport in Rana pipiens skin and possibly inhibits cutaneous and renal efflux. We also conclude that hypercalcemia does not alter calcium fluxes across skin. The ions from Group IIA of the Periodic Table of Elements had little effect on Ca2+ fluxes at concentrations ranging from 0.5-4.0 mM; neither Sr2+ or Ba2+ affected Ca2+ influx. The only divalent ion tested that influenced Ca2+ was Mg2+, which significantly inhibited Ca2+ influx but only at 4.0 mM or eight times the external [Ca2+]. We conclude, therefore, that the Ca2+ transport mechanism is fairly specific for Ca2+ within Group IIA.

  18. Human Peritoneal Mesothelial Cell Death Induced by High-Glucose Hypertonic Solution Involves Ca2+ and Na+ Ions and Oxidative Stress with the Participation of PKC/NOX2 and PI3K/Akt Pathways

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    Felipe Simon

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD therapy is equally efficient as hemodialysis while providing greater patient comfort and mobility. Therefore, PD is the treatment of choice for several types of renal patients. During PD, a high-glucose hyperosmotic (HGH solution is administered into the peritoneal cavity to generate an osmotic gradient that promotes water and solutes transport from peritoneal blood to the dialysis solution. Unfortunately, PD has been associated with a loss of peritoneal viability and function through the generation of a severe inflammatory state that induces human peritoneal mesothelial cell (HPMC death. Despite this deleterious effect, the precise molecular mechanism of HPMC death as induced by HGH solutions is far from being understood. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the pathways involved in HGH solution-induced HPMC death. HGH-induced HPMC death included influxes of intracellular Ca2+ and Na+. Furthermore, HGH-induced HPMC death was inhibited by antioxidant and reducing agents. In line with this, HPMC death was induced solely by increased oxidative stress. In addition to this, the cPKC/NOX2 and PI3K/Akt intracellular signaling pathways also participated in HGH-induced HPMC death. The participation of PI3K/Akt intracellular is in agreement with previously shown in rat PMC apoptosis. These findings contribute toward fully elucidating the underlying molecular mechanism mediating peritoneal mesothelial cell death induced by high-glucose solutions during peritoneal dialysis.

  19. Effect of Mg~(2+),Sr~(2+) Ions Doping on the Luminescent Properties of Ca_2Li_2BiV_3O_(12):Eu~(3+)%Mg~(2+)、Sr~(2+)离子掺杂对Ca_2Li_2BiV_3O_(12):Eu~(3+)发光性能的影响

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    徐磊; 邱克辉; 权浩

    2011-01-01

    采用高温固相法合成了Mg2+、Sr2+离子掺杂新型Ca2Li2BiV3 O12:Eu3+红色荧光粉体材料,研究了保温时间对Ca2 Li2 BiV3 O12:Eu3+荧光粉的影响。使用X射线衍射仪对合成样品进行物相分析,利用荧光分光光度计进行光谱分析,测试了样品的荧光光谱。样品表现为Eu3+离子的特征发射,发光强度随着保温时间的增加而逐渐增强。同时研究了Mg2+、Sr2+离子掺杂对合成荧光粉光谱对合成样品的发光性能的影响,本研究发现Mg2+离子掺杂后样品发光效果明显强于Sr2+离子掺杂后样品的发光效果。%Ca2Li2BiV3O12:Eu3+ phosphors doped with Mg2+and Sr2+ were fabricated by the solid-state reaction for potential application as red phosphors for solid state lighting and characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD) and fluorescence spectrophotometer.The holding time were also studied.Results showed that holding time had a minor effect on the phase composition but improved the luminescence intensity of samples.The phosphors exhibited a broad charge transfer excitation ranging from 200 nm to 500 nm and representative emission of Eu3+ ions,which was suitable for InGaN LEDs.The luminescent properties of Ca2Li2BiV3O12:Eu3+ doped with Mg2+ ions was better than the phosphor′s doped with Sr2+ ions.

  20. Lifetime measurements of nuclei in few-electron ions

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    Faestermann, Thomas

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    In this review lifetime measurements of ions with at most two electrons are summarized. Such highly ionized systems have been studied - until now - only in the Experimental Storage Ring of the GSI in Darmstadt. Emphasis is put on decays via the weak interaction. The first observations of beta-decay into bound atomic states are described as well as its time mirrored counterpart, the electron-capture decay. In the latter case the decays of hydrogen- and helium-like ions are compared with a surprising result. Further on, the observation of sinusoidal modulations of the decay rate in two-body decays is summarized. As a possible cause an interference due to the emission of neutrinos with different rest mass is discussed.

  1. Diffusion of Ca and Mg in Calcite

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    Cygan, R.T.; Fisler, D.K.

    1999-02-10

    The self-diffusion of Ca and the tracer diffusion of Mg in calcite have been experimentally measured using isotopic tracers of {sup 25}Mg and {sup 44}Ca. Natural single crystals of calcite were coated with a thermally-sputtered oxide thin film and then annealed in a CO{sub 2} gas at one atmosphere total pressure and temperatures from 550 to 800 C. Diffusion coefficient values were derived from the depth profiles obtained by ion microprobe analysis. The resultant activation energies for Mg tracer diffusion and Ca self-diffusion are respectively: E{sub a}(Mg) = 284 {+-} 74 kJ/mol and E{sub a}(Ca) = 271 {+-} 80 kJ/mol. For the temperature ranges in these experiments, the diffusion of Mg is faster than Ca. The results are generally consistent in magnitude with divalent cation diffusion rates obtained in previous studies and provide a means of interpreting the thermal histories of carbonate minerals, the mechanism of dolomitization, and other diffusion-controlled processes. The results indicate that cation diffusion in calcite is relatively slow and cations are the rate-limiting diffusing species for the deformation of calcite and carbonate rocks. Application of the calcite-dolomite geothermometer to metamorphic assemblages will be constrained by cation diffusion and cooling rates. The direct measurement of Mg tracer diffusion in calcite indicates that dolomitization is unlikely to be accomplished by Mg diffusion in the solid state but by a recrystallization process.

  2. Mitochondria Maintain Distinct Ca(2+) Pools in Cone Photoreceptors.

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    Giarmarco, Michelle M; Cleghorn, Whitney M; Sloat, Stephanie R; Hurley, James B; Brockerhoff, Susan E

    2017-02-22

    Ca(2+) ions have distinct roles in the outer segment, cell body, and synaptic terminal of photoreceptors. We tested the hypothesis that distinct Ca(2+) domains are maintained by Ca(2+) uptake into mitochondria. Serial block face scanning electron microscopy of zebrafish cones revealed that nearly 100 mitochondria cluster at the apical side of the inner segment, directly below the outer segment. The endoplasmic reticulum surrounds the basal and lateral surfaces of this cluster, but does not reach the apical surface or penetrate into the cluster. Using genetically encoded Ca(2+) sensors, we found that mitochondria take up Ca(2+) when it accumulates either in the cone cell body or outer segment. Blocking mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter activity compromises the ability of mitochondria to maintain distinct Ca(2+) domains. Together, our findings indicate that mitochondria can modulate subcellular functional specialization in photoreceptors.SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Ca(2+) homeostasis is essential for the survival and function of retinal photoreceptors. Separate pools of Ca(2+) regulate phototransduction in the outer segment, metabolism in the cell body, and neurotransmitter release at the synaptic terminal. We investigated the role of mitochondria in compartmentalization of Ca(2+) We found that mitochondria form a dense cluster that acts as a diffusion barrier between the outer segment and cell body. The cluster is surprisingly only partially surrounded by the endoplasmic reticulum, a key mediator of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake. Blocking the uptake of Ca(2+) by mitochondria causes redistribution of Ca(2+) throughout the cell. Our results show that mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake in photoreceptors is complex and plays an essential role in normal function. Copyright © 2017 the authors 0270-6474/17/372061-12$15.00/0.

  3. Ischemic preconditioning decreases intracellular zinc accumulation induced by oxygen-glucose deprivation in gerbil hippocampal CA1 neurons.

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    Miyawaki, Takahiro; Yokota, Hidenori; Oguro, Keiji; Kato, Kengo; Shimazaki, Kuniko

    2004-05-27

    In normal gerbils, intracellular zinc ions ([Zn2+]i) and calcium ions ([Ca2+]i) accumulate in hippocampal CA1 neurons after global ischemia. We examined whether ischemic preconditioning modifies these changes in gerbil hippocampal slices. In normal slices, large increases in [Zn2+]i and [Ca2+]i were observed in the stratum radiatum of the CA1 area after oxygen-glucose deprivation. In preconditioned slices, there were significantly decreased peak levels of [Zn2+]i and [Ca2+]i in CA1. However, there were no differences in the peak levels of these ions in CA3 and dentate gyrus. These results suggest that modified [Zn2+]i and [Ca2+]i accumulation after an ischemic insult might be important for the mechanisms of ischemic tolerance induced by preconditioning.

  4. Inhibitory effect of Ca2+ on in vivo gene transfer by electroporation

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    Yong-gang ZHAO; Hui-li LU; Jin-liang PENG; Yu-hong XU

    2006-01-01

    Aim:To investigate the specific effects of Ca2+ on transgene expression during electroporation-mediated gene transfer in mice.Methods:Skeletal muscle and skin were subjected to in vivo electroporation with a luciferase reporter plasmid,with or Without Ca2+ and various other ions.Resuits:For in vivo electroporation,the presence of just 10 mmol/L Ca2+ in the DNA solution drastically reduced the resulting transgene expression,to less than 5% of control values.Only Ca2+,not other ions,caused inhibition,and the effect was not tissue specific.More surprisingly.even when Ca2+ ions were delivered by electroporation before or after DNA administration,similar effects were still observed.Conelusion:The inhibitory effect of Ca2+ on in vivo gene transfer by electroporation is specific,ie,the inhibitory effect may be related to the cell membrane properties after electroporation and the subsequent resealing event.

  5. Electric-dipole 5s - 5p Transitions in Promethiumlike Ions

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    Vilkas, M J; Ishikawa, Y; Trabert, E

    2008-02-29

    The 5s-5p electric-dipole resonance transitions in highly ionized promethiumlike ions have been studied applying relativistic multi-reference Moeller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory. The transition wavelengths are determined to within 0.2 {angstrom} in the more highly charged ions, where the level degeneracies are small. For somewhat lighter ions a very large reference space was used in order to account for the many degeneracies. In order to calculate transition probabilities and lifetimes, correlation corrections have been added to the transition operator in the next order. The contributions from the higher orders of the theory, that is, frequency-dependent Breit correction, Lamb shift, and mass shifts, have been estimated. The results are used to re-assess spectroscopic data from beam-foil, electron beam ion trap, and tokamak observations.

  6. Electrodeposition and characterization of CaF{sub 2} and rare earth doped CaF{sub 2} films

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    Wang Hui; Liu Run, E-mail: runliu@zju.edu.cn; Chen Keli; Shi Xiaofang; Xu Zhude

    2011-07-29

    Calcium fluoride (CaF{sub 2}) and the rare earth doped CaF{sub 2} films have been electrodeposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode through electrochemical generation of acid in aqueous solutions near room temperature. For CaF{sub 2} film electrodeposition, the local pH at ITO surface is lowered by the electrochemical oxidation of ascorbate anion, and then the Ca-ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid disodium complexes which are close to the ITO electrode are decomposed to release free Ca{sup 2+} to react with F{sup -}to form CaF{sub 2} deposit onto ITO. In the same way, RE-doped CaF{sub 2} films have been electrodeposited onto ITO electrode. The morphology of films studied by scanning electron microscopy revealed that they are agglomerated and dense. The films showed a little [111] preferred orientation by X-ray diffraction. It was also proved that doped RE ions were distributed homogeneously in the film by energy dispersive spectroscopy mapping. The optical properties of the electrodeposited CaF{sub 2}, CaF{sub 2}:Eu and CaF{sub 2}:Tb films were studied by photoluminescence, and all films exhibit intense emission peaks.

  7. Ca2+ regulation in the absence of the iplA gene product in Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Happle Kathrin

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Stimulation of Dictyostelium discoideum with cAMP evokes an elevation of the cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i. The [Ca2+]i-change is composed of liberation of stored Ca2+ and extracellular Ca2+-entry. The significance of the [Ca2+]i-transient for chemotaxis is under debate. Abolition of chemotactic orientation and migration by Ca2+-buffers in the cytosol indicates that a [Ca2+]i-increase is required for chemotaxis. Yet, the iplA- mutant disrupted in a gene bearing similarity to IP3-receptors of higher eukaryotes aggregates despite the absence of a cAMP-induced [Ca2+]i-transient which favours the view that [Ca2+]i-changes are insignificant for chemotaxis. Results We investigated Ca2+-fluxes and the effect of their disturbance on chemotaxis and development of iplA- cells. Differentiation was altered as compared to wild type amoebae and sensitive towards manipulation of the level of stored Ca2+. Chemotaxis was impaired when [Ca2+]i-transients were suppressed by the presence of a Ca2+-chelator in the cytosol of the cells. Analysis of ion fluxes revealed that capacitative Ca2+-entry was fully operative in the mutant. In suspensions of intact and permeabilized cells cAMP elicited extracellular Ca2+-influx and liberation of stored Ca2+, respectively, yet to a lesser extent than in wild type. In suspensions of partially purified storage vesicles ATP-induced Ca2+-uptake and Ca2+-release activated by fatty acids or Ca2+-ATPase inhibitors were similar to wild type. Mn2+-quenching of fura2 fluorescence allows to study Ca2+-influx indirectly and revealed that the responsiveness of mutant cells was shifted to higher concentrations: roughly 100 times more Mn2+ was necessary to observe agonist-induced Mn2+-influx. cAMP evoked a [Ca2+]i-elevation when stores were strongly loaded with Ca2+, again with a similar shift in sensitivity in the mutant. In addition, basal [Ca2+]i was significantly lower in iplA- than in wild type amoebae

  8. THE KINETICS OF FILM-DIFFUSION-LIMITED ION-EXCHANGE

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    KRAAIJEVELD, G; WESSELINGH, JA

    1993-01-01

    The film-diffusion-limited ion exchange kinetics for the HCl-NaCl and HCl-CaCl2 systems on a Lewatit S100 ion exchanger are investigated. The ion exchange processes are modelled using the Maxwell-Stefan transport equations. The model uses only one fitting parameter. the film thickness, the Maxwell-S

  9. Ion Colliders

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    Fischer, W

    2014-01-01

    High-energy ion colliders are large research tools in nuclear physics to study the Quark-Gluon-Plasma (QGP). The range of collision energy and high luminosity are important design and operational considerations. The experiments also expect flexibility with frequent changes in the collision energy, detector fields, and ion species. Ion species range from protons, including polarized protons in RHIC, to heavy nuclei like gold, lead and uranium. Asymmetric collision combinations (e.g. protons against heavy ions) are also essential. For the creation, acceleration, and storage of bright intense ion beams, limits are set by space charge, charge change, and intrabeam scattering effects, as well as beam losses due to a variety of other phenomena. Currently, there are two operating ion colliders, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at BNL, and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

  10. Ca depletion and the presence of dust in large scale nebulosities in radiogalaxies, 1

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    Villar-Martin, M

    1995-01-01

    We show that the study of the Calcium depletion is a valid an highly sensitive method for investigating the chemical and physical history of the very extended ionized nebulae seen around radio galaxies (EELR), massive ellipticals and `cooling flow' galaxies. By observing the near IR spectrum of nebular regions characterized by low excitation emission lines (LINER-like), we can use the intensity of the [CaII]\\lambda\\lambda 7291,7324\\AA\\ doublet --relative to other lines, like H\\alpha-- to infer the amount of Calcium depletion onto dust grains. The presence of dust in these objects --which does not necessarily result in a measurable level of extinction-- would favour a `galactic debris' rather than a `cooling flow' origin for the emitting gas. Before aplying such test to our data, we study four possible alternative mechanisms to dust depletion and which could have explained the absence of the [CaII] lines: a) ionization of Ca^+ from its metastable level, b) thermal ionization of Ca^+, c) a high ionization param...

  11. Crosstalk between mitochondrial and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ cycling modulates cardiac pacemaker cell automaticity.

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    Yael Yaniv

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Mitochondria dynamically buffer cytosolic Ca(2+ in cardiac ventricular cells and this affects the Ca(2+ load of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR. In sinoatrial-node cells (SANC the SR generates periodic local, subsarcolemmal Ca(2+ releases (LCRs that depend upon the SR load and are involved in SANC automaticity: LCRs activate an inward Na(+-Ca(2+ exchange current to accelerate the diastolic depolarization, prompting the ensemble of surface membrane ion channels to generate the next action potential (AP. OBJECTIVE: To determine if mitochondrial Ca(2+ (Ca(2+ (m, cytosolic Ca(2+ (Ca(2+ (c-SR-Ca(2+ crosstalk occurs in single rabbit SANC, and how this may relate to SANC normal automaticity. RESULTS: Inhibition of mitochondrial Ca(2+ influx into (Ru360 or Ca(2+ efflux from (CGP-37157 decreased [Ca(2+](m to 80 ± 8% control or increased [Ca(2+](m to 119 ± 7% control, respectively. Concurrent with inhibition of mitochondrial Ca(2+ influx or efflux, the SR Ca(2+ load, and LCR size, duration, amplitude and period (imaged via confocal linescan significantly increased or decreased, respectively. Changes in total ensemble LCR Ca(2+ signal were highly correlated with the change in the SR Ca(2+ load (r(2 = 0.97. Changes in the spontaneous AP cycle length (Ru360, 111 ± 1% control; CGP-37157, 89 ± 2% control in response to changes in [Ca(2+](m were predicted by concurrent changes in LCR period (r(2 = 0.84. CONCLUSION: A change in SANC Ca(2+ (m flux translates into a change in the AP firing rate by effecting changes in Ca(2+ (c and SR Ca(2+ loading, which affects the characteristics of spontaneous SR Ca(2+ release.

  12. Determination of K,Ca and Mg in Black Fungus Certiifed Reference Material by Dry Ashing-ion Chromatography%干灰化-离子色谱法测定木耳标准物质中的钾、钙、镁

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    巢静波; 史乃捷; 吴冰

    2014-01-01

    采用离子色谱法对木耳标准物质中的K,Ca,Mg进行测定,对样品消解以及离子色谱分离条件进行了优化。在优化实验条件下,该法对木耳中K,Ca,Mg 3种元素测定结果的相对标准偏差小于1.0%(n=7)。采用该方法对NIST西红柿叶标准物质(SRM1573a)进行测定,测定结果与标准值相符,同时与ICP–OES方法比较验证,两者测定结果一致。对该方法测定结果的不确定度进行了评定,K,Ca,Mg测定结果的相对扩展不确定度(k=2)分别为2.3%,3.3%,1.9%。该方法准确可靠,能够满足标准物质定值的要求。%The contents of potassium,calcium and magnesium in black fungus certified reference material were determined by ion chromatography after dry ashing digestion. Sample digestion and ion chromatography conditions were optimized. Under optimal conditions, the relative standard deviation of detection results of K,Ca and Mg in black fungus was less than 1.0%(n=7). The method was used to determine tomato leaves reference material (NIST SRM1573a), and the results were consistent with standard value. The results detected by the method were compared with those detected by ICP–OES, and they were coincided with each other. The relative expanded uncertainties (k=2) of the results were evaluated, which were 2.3%,3.3%and 1.9%for K,Ca and Mg,respectively. The method is accurate and reliable,and it can meet the requirements of certification of reference material.

  13. One and Two Photon Excitation of Radiofrequency Trapped Ca+

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    C. Zumsteg; C. Champenois; D. Guyomarc'h; G. Hagel; M. Houssin; M. Knoop

    2009-01-01

    Radiofrequency (rf) trapped ions are versatile candidates for a large panel of applications ranging from quantum information to the creation of cold molecules. Sample size can range from a single to 106 ions, and the internal and external energy states of the atoms can be controlled with high precision. In the experiment, we focus on different protocols related to frequency metrology using rf trapped Ca+.

  14. Ca2+-Dependent Regulations and Signaling in Skeletal Muscle: From Electro-Mechanical Coupling to Adaptation

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    Sebastian Gehlert

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Calcium (Ca2+ plays a pivotal role in almost all cellular processes and ensures the functionality of an organism. In skeletal muscle fibers, Ca2+ is critically involved in the innervation of skeletal muscle fibers that results in the exertion of an action potential along the muscle fiber membrane, the prerequisite for skeletal muscle contraction. Furthermore and among others, Ca2+ regulates also intracellular processes, such as myosin-actin cross bridging, protein synthesis, protein degradation and fiber type shifting by the control of Ca2+-sensitive proteases and transcription factors, as well as mitochondrial adaptations, plasticity and respiration. These data highlight the overwhelming significance of Ca2+ ions for the integrity of skeletal muscle tissue. In this review, we address the major functions of Ca2+ ions in adult muscle but also highlight recent findings of critical Ca2+-dependent mechanisms essential for skeletal muscle-regulation and maintenance.

  15. "JCE" Classroom Activity Connections: NaCl or CaCl[subscript 2], Smart Polymer Gel Tells More

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    Chen, Yueh-Huey; Lin, Jia-Ying; Wang, Yu-Chen; Yaung, Jing-Fun

    2010-01-01

    This classroom activity connection demonstrates the differences between the effects of NaCl (a salt of monovalent metal ions) and CaCl[subscript 2] (a salt of polyvalent metal ions) on swollen superabsorbent polymer gels. Being ionic compounds, NaCl and CaCl[subscript 2] both collapse the swollen polymer gels. The gel contracted by NaCl reswells…

  16. Effects of metal ion adduction on the gas-phase conformations of protein ions.

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    Flick, Tawnya G; Merenbloom, Samuel I; Williams, Evan R

    2013-11-01

    Changes in protein ion conformation as a result of nonspecific adduction of metal ions to the protein during electrospray ionization (ESI) from aqueous solutions were investigated using traveling wave ion mobility spectrometry (TWIMS). For all proteins examined, protein cations (and in most cases anions) with nonspecific metal ion adducts are more compact than the fully protonated (or deprotonated) ions with the same charge state. Compaction of protein cations upon nonspecific metal ion binding is most significant for intermediate charge state ions, and there is a greater reduction in collisional cross section with increasing number of metal ion adducts and increasing ion valency, consistent with an electrostatic interaction between the ions and the protein. Protein cations with the greatest number of adducted metal ions are no more compact than the lowest protonated ions formed from aqueous solutions. These results show that smaller collisional cross sections for metal-attached protein ions are not a good indicator of a specific metal-protein interaction in solution because nonspecific metal ion adduction also results in smaller gaseous protein cation cross sections. In contrast, the collisional cross section of α-lactalbumin, which specifically binds one Ca(2+), is larger for the holo-form compared with the apo-form, in agreement with solution-phase measurements. Because compaction of protein cations occurs when metal ion adduction is nonspecific, elongation of a protein cation may be a more reliable indicator that a specific metal ion-protein interaction occurs in solution.

  17. Ca/calmodulin-dependent phosphorylation of endocytic scaffold ITSN1

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    Morderer D. Ye.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available ITSN1 is an endocytic scaffold protein with a prominent function in synaptic transmission. It is known that Ca signaling is crucial for the regulation of synaptic proteins functioning. Aim. Checking the possibility of Ca/calmodulin-dependent phosphorylation of ITSN1. Methods. Affinity chromatography, in vitro kinase reaction, Western blotting, gel staining with fluorescent stains. Results. We show that the fraction of calmodulin-binding proteins is able to phosphorylate the recombinant fragments encoding the coiled-coil region and the SH3 domain-containing region of ITSN1 in the presence of Ca ions and calmodulin. Conclusions. The coiled-coil region and the SH3 domain-containing region of ITSN1 undergo Ca/calmodulin-dependent phosphorylation in vitro, suggesting a possible regulation of ITSN1 by Ca signaling.

  18. 有关CA

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    @@ 什么是CA? CA(Certificaton Authority)是认证机构的国际通称,是指对数字证书的申请者发放、管理、取消数字证书的机构.CA的作用是检查证书持有者身份的合法性,并签发证书(在证书上签字),以防证书被伪造或篡改.

  19. Additive colouring of CaF2:Yb crystals: determination of Yb2+ concentration in CaF2:Yb crystals and ceramics

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    Shcheulin, A. S.; Angervaks, A. E.; Semenova, T. S.; Koryakina, L. F.; Petrova, M. A.; Fedorov, P. P.; Reiterov, V. M.; Garibin, E. A.; Ryskin, A. I.

    2013-06-01

    When growing CaF2 crystal doped with rare-earth ions, most of these ions are present in a trivalent state. However, due to contact with graphite crucible, a small proportion of a number of ions (Eu, Sm, Yb and Tm) are reduced to a bivalent state. A similar situation takes place during fabrication of CaF2 ceramics doped with rare-earth metals. This fact is of particular importance for laser CaF2:Yb crystals (ceramics), a promising material for short-pulse, high-power, high-energy diode-pumped solid state lasers since the presence of bivalent Yb ions can be a source of thermal losses. To date, there has been no technique to determine Yb2+ concentration in as-grown crystals. The proposed technique is based on a total reduction of Yb3+ ions via the heating of as-grown CaF2 crystals with known concentration of Yb in the reducing atmosphere of metal vapour and determining the cross section of absorption bands of Yb2+ ions. The knowledge of these parameters allows estimation of the Yb2+ content in CaF2:Yb crystals or ceramics by analysing their absorption spectra. Examples of using this technique are given. The technology of CdF2 crystals reduction (an "additive colouring") and features of colouring of crystals doped with rare-earth ions are considered.

  20. Anti-tumor activity of self-charged (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles

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    Cao Lin; Cao Jiexin; Wang Cong; Che Ping; Pan De’an; Alex A Volinsky

    2012-10-01

    Non-stoichiometric (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles with anti-tumor activity are synthesized in a sol–gel method by adding excessive Eu3+ and Ca2+ ions to tungsten oxide crystal structure. Colorimetric assay shows that 10 nm (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles can effectively inhibit growth of mammary cancer cells without any harm to normal cells. Nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence optical spectrometry. Nanomaterials, insoluble in synthesized water, have complicated self-charging surfaces that trap mammary cancer cells. Surface self-charging effect is suggested as the inhibition mechanism.

  1. Cryogenic silicon surface ion trap

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    Niedermayr, Michael; Kumph, Muir; Partel, Stefan; Edlinger, Johannes; Brownnutt, Michael; Blatt, Rainer

    2014-01-01

    Trapped ions are pre-eminent candidates for building quantum information processors and quantum simulators. They have been used to demonstrate quantum gates and algorithms, quantum error correction, and basic quantum simulations. However, to realise the full potential of such systems and make scalable trapped-ion quantum computing a reality, there exist a number of practical problems which must be solved. These include tackling the observed high ion-heating rates and creating scalable trap structures which can be simply and reliably produced. Here, we report on cryogenically operated silicon ion traps which can be rapidly and easily fabricated using standard semiconductor technologies. Single $^{40}$Ca$^+$ ions have been trapped and used to characterize the trap operation. Long ion lifetimes were observed with the traps exhibiting heating rates as low as $\\dot{\\bar{n}}=$ 0.33 phonons/s at an ion-electrode distance of 230 $\\mu$m. These results open many new avenues to arrays of micro-fabricated ion traps.

  2. Protein kinase CK2 is coassembled with small conductance Ca(2+)-activated K+ channels and regulates channel gating

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    Bildl, Wolfgang; Strassmaier, Tim; Thurm, Henrike

    2004-01-01

    Small conductance Ca(2+)-activated K+ channels (SK channels) couple the membrane potential to fluctuations in intracellular Ca2+ concentration in many types of cells. SK channels are gated by Ca2+ ions via calmodulin that is constitutively bound to the intracellular C terminus of the channels and...

  3. Studies on influence of aluminium ions on the bioactivity of B{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiO{sub 2}–P{sub 2}O{sub 5}–Na{sub 2}O–CaO glass system by means of spectroscopic studies

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    Mohini, G. Jagan; Krishnamacharyulu, N. [Department of Physics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur 522 510, Andhra Pradesh (India); Department of Physics, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada 520 008, Andhra Pradesh (India); Sahaya Baskaran, G., E-mail: sbalc@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada 520 008, Andhra Pradesh (India); Rao, P. Venkateswara [Physics Department, University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston (Jamaica); Veeraiah, N., E-mail: nvr8@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur 522 510, Andhra Pradesh (India)

    2013-12-15

    Bioactive multi component glasses of the composition of 27.4 B{sub 2}O{sub 3}–6.4 SiO{sub 2}–2.5 P{sub 2}O{sub 5}–25.5 Na{sub 2}O–(38.2 − x) CaO: x Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x between 0 and 3.2) were synthesized, by melt quenching technique and their bioactivity was investigated as a function of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentration. Initially, optical absorption and infrared spectra were recorded and analyzed in order to have some pre-understanding over structural aspects of the glasses. For understanding the bioactivity, the samples were immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution for prolonged times (∼30 days) and the weight loss measurements were carried out. The spectroscopic studies were repeated on the post immersed samples. From the comparison of the analysis of the spectroscopic data of both pre-immersed and post-immersed samples together with the information on variation of pH value of residual solution as a function of immersion time, it is concluded that the participation of aluminium ions in tetrahedral positions is hindrance for the formation of HA layer and for the bioactivity of the samples.

  4. Topological organization of CA3-to-CA1 excitation.

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    Hongo, Yoshie; Ogawa, Koichi; Takahara, Yuji; Takasu, Keiko; Royer, Sebastien; Hasegawa, Minoru; Sakaguchi, Gaku; Ikegaya, Yuji

    2015-09-01

    The CA1-projecting axons of CA3 pyramidal cells, called Schaffer collaterals, constitute one of the major information flow routes in the hippocampal formation. Recent anatomical studies have revealed the non-random structural connectivity between CA3 and CA1, but little is known regarding the functional connectivity (i.e. how CA3 network activity is functionally transmitted downstream to the CA1 network). Using functional multi-neuron calcium imaging of rat hippocampal slices, we monitored the spatiotemporal patterns of spontaneous CA3 and CA1 burst activity under pharmacological GABAergic blockade. We found that spatially clustered CA3 activity patterns were transformed into layered CA1 activity sequences. Specifically, synchronized bursts initiated from multiple hot spots in CA3 ensembles, and CA1 neurons located deeper in the pyramidal cell layer were recruited during earlier phases of the burst events. The order of these sequential activations was maintained across the bursts, but the sequence velocity varied depending on the inter-burst intervals. Thus, CA3 axons innervate CA1 neurons in a highly topographical fashion.

  5. Biomarker CA125

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    be detected months before symptoms arise and recurrence is visible on imaging. Therefore, biochemical detection of potential relapse by CA125 assessment can cause significant distress. A decision aid (DA) is a tool that provides information and describes advantages and disadvantages of a specific intervention...

  6. Electrodeposition of Ca Metal in CaCl2-CaO Molten Salt

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    GUO; Jun-kang; WANG; Chang-shui; CAO; Long-hao; OUYANG; Ying-gen

    2013-01-01

    To realize the continuouscalciothermic reduction in molten salts,the electrodeposition behavior of Ca metal in CaCl2-CaO molten salt was investigated by cylic voltammetry.The cyclic voltammograms at the scan rate of 100 mV/s are shown in Fig.1.As is shown,the electrodeposition potential of Ca deviated from-1.66 V to-0.97 V after CaO was added to molten CaCl2 and the decomposition of CaO

  7. Mayenit(Ca 12 Al 14 O 33 )-Bildung durch die Festkörperreaktion zwischen CaAl 2 O 4 und Ca 3 Al 2O 6

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    2011-01-01

    Mayenite (Ca12Al14O33) was indicated as oxygen ion conductor because of its high ion conductivity by high temperature [1]. The ion conductivity of polycrystalline mayenite is about 1 order of magnitude smaller than that of yttrium stabilized ZrO2 [1]. Mayenite has a cubic crystal structure with the space group (I43d) [2]. The cubic unit cell of mayenite consists of two mayenite molecules with 12 cages altogether and can be expressed as [Ca24Al28O64]4+(2O2-). Two of these cages are occupied wi...

  8. Ion Chromatography.

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    Mulik, James D.; Sawicki, Eugene

    1979-01-01

    Accurate for the analysis of ions in solution, this form of analysis enables the analyst to directly assay many compounds that previously were difficult or impossible to analyze. The method is a combination of the methodologies of ion exchange, liquid chromatography, and conductimetric determination with eluant suppression. (Author/RE)

  9. Dechlorination of hexachlorobenzene using ultrafine Ca-Fe composite oxides.

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    Ma, Xiaodong; Zheng, Minghui; Liu, Wenbin; Qian, Yong; Zhang, Bing; Liu, Wenxia

    2005-12-09

    Ca-Fe composite oxides with different Ca/Fe atomic ratios were synthesized by co-precipitation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with elemental X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES). Their dechlorination activities were evaluated using hexachlorobenzene (HCB) as a model compound. The results indicate that the dechlorination activity is related to the composition of metal oxides. Different compositions lead to the formation of different phases of Ca-Fe composite oxides. When Ca/Fe atomic ratio was 3.4, the dechlorination activity reached 97%, which was the highest in the dechlorination of HCB at 300 degrees C for 0.5 h. This may be related to the formation of Ca(2)Fe(2)O(5) phase and small agglomerate size of oxide crystal of about 1 microm. The effect of reaction time on HCB dechlorination and the pathway of dechlorination were investigated using the Ca-Fe composite oxide with the highest activity. It was found that hydrodechlorination took place in the destruction of HCB, the dechlorination efficiency is almost 100% after 2 h reaction. After reaction, quantitative measurement of chloride ion and qualitative analysis of CaCO(3) indicate besides hydrodechlorination, other degradation routes may be present. The mechanism of synergic dechlorination using Ca-Fe composite oxides was discussed.

  10. Spectra and oscillator strengths of 3p63d9-3p53d10 and 3p63d9-3p63d84p transitions for cobalt-like Sn23+ ion

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    Chen Ming-Lun; Yu Xiao-Guang

    2009-01-01

    This paper calculates the spectra and oscillator strengths for highly ionized cobalt-like Sn23+ ions 3p63d9-3p53d10,3p63d9 - 3p63d84p transitions by using a multi-configuration self-consistent field method program together with the proposed fitting formula. The calculations have a good agreement with observations.

  11. Synchronous intra-Golgi transport induces the release of Ca2+ from the Golgi apparatus.

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    Micaroni, Massimo; Perinetti, Giuseppe; Di Giandomenico, Daniele; Bianchi, Katiuscia; Spaar, Alexander; Mironov, Alexander A

    2010-08-01

    The mechanisms of secretory transport through the Golgi apparatus remain an issue of debate. The precise functional importance of calcium ions (Ca(2+)) for intra-Golgi transport has also been poorly studied. Here, using different approaches to measure free Ca(2+) concentrations in the cell cytosol ([Ca(2+)](cyt)) and inside the lumen of the Golgi apparatus ([Ca(2+)](GA)), we have revealed transient increases in [Ca(2+)](cyt) during the late phase of intra-Golgi transport that are concomitant with a decline in the maximal [Ca(2+)](GA) restoration ability. Thus, this redistribution of Ca(2+) from the Golgi apparatus into the cytosol during the movement of cargo through the Golgi apparatus appears to have a role in intra-Golgi transport, and mainly in the late Ca(2+)-dependent phase of SNARE-regulated fusion of Golgi compartments.

  12. Estimating affinities of calcium ions to proteins

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    Stefan Franke

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Stefan Franke, Julia Herfurth, Daniel HoffmannDepartment of Bioinformatics/Centre for Medical Biotechnology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, GermanyAbstract: Ca2+-ions have a range of affinities to different proteins, depending on the various functions of these proteins. This makes the determination of Ca2+-protein affinities an interesting subject for functional studies. We have investigated the performance of two methods – Fold-X and AutoDock vina – in the prediction of Ca2+-protein affinities. Both methods, although based on different energy functions, showed virtually the same correlation with experimental affinities. Guided by insight from experiment, we further derived a simple linear model based on thesolvent accessible surface of Ca2+ that had practically the same performance in terms of absolute errors as the more complex docking methods.Keywords: metal ions, binding, free energy, crystal structure, solvent accessible surface

  13. Ion channels regulating mast cell biology.

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    Ashmole, I; Bradding, P

    2013-05-01

    Mast cells play a central role in the pathophysiology of asthma and related allergic conditions. Mast cell activation leads to the degranulation of preformed mediators such as histamine and the secretion of newly synthesised proinflammatory mediators such as leukotrienes and cytokines. Excess release of these mediators contributes to allergic disease states. An influx of extracellular Ca2+ is essential for mast cell mediator release. From the Ca2+ channels that mediate this influx, to the K+ , Cl- and transient receptor potential channels that set the cell membrane potential and regulate Ca2+ influx, ion channels play a critical role in mast cell biology. In this review we provide an overview of our current knowledge of ion channel expression and function in mast cells with an emphasis on how channels interact to regulate Ca2+ signalling.

  14. Sulfide capacities of CaO-CaF2-CaCl2 melts

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    Simeonov, Simeon; Sakai, Toshihiko; Maeda, Masafumi

    1992-06-01

    The sulfide capacityC_{s^{2 - } } = ({text{pct S}}^{{text{2 - }}} )(p_{{text{O}}_{text{2}} } /p_{{text{S}}_{text{2}} } )^{1/2} ) of CaO-CaF2-CaCl2 slag was determined at temperatures from 1000 °C to 1300 °C by equilibrating molten slag, molten silver, and CO-CO2-Ar gas mixture. The sulfide capacity increases with replacing CaCl2 by CaF2 in slags of constant CaO contents. The sulfide capacity also increases with increasing temperature as well as with increasing CaO content at a constant ratio of CaF2/CaCl2 of unity. A linear relationship between the sulfide capacity and carbonate capacity in literature was observed on a logarithmic scale.

  15. Calcium-permeable ion channels in the kidney.

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    Zhou, Yiming; Greka, Anna

    2016-06-01

    Calcium ions (Ca(2+)) are crucial for a variety of cellular functions. The extracellular and intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations are thus tightly regulated to maintain Ca(2+) homeostasis. The kidney, one of the major organs of the excretory system, regulates Ca(2+) homeostasis by filtration and reabsorption. Approximately 60% of the Ca(2+) in plasma is filtered, and 99% of that is reabsorbed by the kidney tubules. Ca(2+) is also a critical signaling molecule in kidney development, in all kidney cellular functions, and in the emergence of kidney diseases. Recently, studies using genetic and molecular biological approaches have identified several Ca(2+)-permeable ion channel families as important regulators of Ca(2+) homeostasis in kidney. These ion channel families include transient receptor potential channels (TRP), voltage-gated calcium channels, and others. In this review, we provide a brief and systematic summary of the expression, function, and pathological contribution for each of these Ca(2+)-permeable ion channels. Moreover, we discuss their potential as future therapeutic targets.

  16. Predictions for the energy loss of light ions in laser-generated plasmas at low and medium velocities.

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    Cayzac, W; Bagnoud, V; Basko, M M; Blažević, A; Frank, A; Gericke, D O; Hallo, L; Malka, G; Ortner, A; Tauschwitz, An; Vorberger, J; Roth, M

    2015-11-01

    The energy loss of light ions in dense plasmas is investigated with special focus on low to medium projectile energies, i.e., at velocities where the maximum of the stopping power occurs. In this region, exceptionally large theoretical uncertainties remain and no conclusive experimental data are available. We perform simulations of beam-plasma configurations well suited for an experimental test of ion energy loss in highly ionized, laser-generated carbon plasmas. The plasma parameters are extracted from two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations, and a Monte Carlo calculation of the charge-state distribution of the projectile ion beam determines the dynamics of the ion charge state over the whole plasma profile. We show that the discrepancies in the energy loss predicted by different theoretical models are as high as 20-30%, making these theories well distinguishable in suitable experiments.

  17. Plasma-screening effects on the electronic structure of multiply charged Al ions using Debye and ionsphere models

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    Das, Madhulita; Pal, S

    2016-01-01

    We analyze atomic structures of plasma embedded aluminum (Al) atom and its ions in the weakly and strongly coupling regimes. The plasma screening effects in these atomic systems are accounted for using the Debye and ion sphere (IS) potentials for the weakly coupling and strongly coupling plasmas, respectively. Within the Debye model, special attention is given to investigate the spherical and non-spherical plasma-screening effects considering in the electron-electron interaction potential. The relativistic coupled-cluster (RCC) method has been employed to describe the relativistic and electronic correlation effects in the above atomic systems. The variation in the ionization potentials (IPs) and excitation energies (EEs) of the plasma embedded Al ions are presented. It is found that the atomic systems exhibit more stability when the exact screening effects are taken into account. It is also showed that in the presence of strongly coupled plasma environment, the highly ionized Al ions show blue and red shifts ...

  18. Calcium isolation from large-volume human urine samples for 41Ca analysis by accelerator mass spectrometry.

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    Miller, James J; Hui, Susanta K; Jackson, George S; Clark, Sara P; Einstein, Jane; Weaver, Connie M; Bhattacharyya, Maryka H

    2013-08-01

    Calcium oxalate precipitation is the first step in preparation of biological samples for (41)Ca analysis by accelerator mass spectrometry. A simplified protocol for large-volume human urine samples was characterized, with statistically significant increases in ion current and decreases in interference. This large-volume assay minimizes cost and effort and maximizes time after (41)Ca administration during which human samples, collected over a lifetime, provide (41)Ca:Ca ratios that are significantly above background.

  19. Calcium Isolation from Large-Volume Human Urine Samples for 41Ca Analysis by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

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    Miller, James J; Hui, Susanta K; Jackson, George S; Clark, Sara P; Einstein, Jane; Weaver, Connie M; Bhattacharyya, Maryka H

    2013-01-01

    Calcium oxalate precipitation is the first step in preparation of biological samples for 41Ca analysis by accelerator mass spectrometry. A simplified protocol for large-volume human urine samples was characterized, with statistically significant increases in ion current and decreases in interference. This large-volume assay minimizes cost and effort and maximizes time after 41Ca administration during which human samples, collected over a lifetime, provide 41Ca:Ca ratios that are significantly above background. PMID:23672965

  20. The road to understanding an ion pump

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    Toyoshima, Chikashi

    2016-04-01

    In the past 25 years or so I have been working almost exclusively on two proteins: the Ca2+-ATPase of muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum, and the Na+, K+-ATPase expressed in all animal cells, both are membrane ion pumps representing P-type ion translocating ATPases. My ambition as a scientist is to completely understand the meaning of their atomic structures. How I became a scientist is described elsewhere (Nuzzo R 2006 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103 1165-7), and focus here is given to my struggle towards a deep understanding of Ca2+-ATPase. This is a long but very fascinating and rewarding journey.

  1. Ion focusing

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    Cooks, Robert Graham; Baird, Zane; Peng, Wen-Ping

    2017-01-17

    The invention generally relates to apparatuses for focusing ions at or above ambient pressure and methods of use thereof. In certain embodiments, the invention provides an apparatus for focusing ions that includes an electrode having a cavity, at least one inlet within the electrode configured to operatively couple with an ionization source, such that discharge generated by the ionization source is injected into the cavity of the electrode, and an outlet. The cavity in the electrode is shaped such that upon application of voltage to the electrode, ions within the cavity are focused and directed to the outlet, which is positioned such that a proximal end of the outlet receives the focused ions and a distal end of the outlet is open to ambient pressure.

  2. Thermal unfolding of a Ca- and Lanthanide-binding protein

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    Fahmy, Karim [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Biophysics; Goettfert, M. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany); Knoeppel, J.

    2017-06-01

    The MIIA (metal ion-induced autocleavage)-domain of the protein Vic001052 from the pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus, comprises 173 amino acids and exhibits Ca-dependent autoproteolytic activity. It shows homology to nodulation proteins which are secreted by Rhizobiacea into plant host cells where they exert Ca-dependent functions. We have studied the structural and energetic aspects of metal protein interactions of the MIIA domain which appear attractive for engineering metal-binding synthetic peptides. Using a non-cleavable MIIA domain construct, we detected very similar structural changes upon binding to Ca{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+}. The thermal denaturation of the Ca-bound state was studied by circular dichroism spectroscopy. The metal-bound folded state unfolds reversibly into an unstructured metal-free state similar to the metal-free state at room temperature.

  3. Role of Ca++ Influx via Epidermal TRP Ion Channels

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    2015-10-01

    mechanical compression device ( bioreactor ). 3   Measurement of skin capacitance in culture Using our NOVA capacitance meter with flexible probe...our improved Flexcell Bioreactor Compression system. No signs of mechanical/ gross structural damage were registered. However, we believe that

  4. Role of Ca++ Influx via Epidermal TRP Ion Channels

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    2014-10-01

    residual limb - prosthetic interface. Rather than attempting to enhance the functions of barrier-enhancing proteins, filaggrin (structural protein in...with considerable variation. For the lower strain, transcripts did not differ significantly. Human experimentation We finally addressed

  5. Distinct regions that control ion selectivity and calcium-dependent activation in the bestrophin ion channel.

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    Vaisey, George; Miller, Alexandria N; Long, Stephen B

    2016-11-22

    Cytoplasmic calcium (Ca(2+)) activates the bestrophin anion channel, allowing chloride ions to flow down their electrochemical gradient. Mutations in bestrophin 1 (BEST1) cause macular degenerative disorders. Previously, we determined an X-ray structure of chicken BEST1 that revealed the architecture of the channel. Here, we present electrophysiological studies of purified wild-type and mutant BEST1 channels and an X-ray structure of a Ca(2+)-independent mutant. From these experiments, we identify regions of BEST1 responsible for Ca(2+) activation and ion selectivity. A "Ca(2+) clasp" within the channel's intracellular region acts as a sensor of cytoplasmic Ca(2+). Alanine substitutions within a hydrophobic "neck" of the pore, which widen it, cause the channel to be constitutively active, irrespective of Ca(2+). We conclude that the primary function of the neck is as a "gate" that controls chloride permeation in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner. In contrast to what others have proposed, we find that the neck is not a major contributor to the channel's ion selectivity. We find that mutation of a cytosolic "aperture" of the pore does not perturb the Ca(2+) dependence of the channel or its preference for anions over cations, but its mutation dramatically alters relative permeabilities among anions. The data suggest that the aperture functions as a size-selective filter that permits the passage of small entities such as partially dehydrated chloride ions while excluding larger molecules such as amino acids. Thus, unlike ion channels that have a single "selectivity filter," in bestrophin, distinct regions of the pore govern anion-vs.-cation selectivity and the relative permeabilities among anions.

  6. Enhanced Ca²+ influx through cardiac L-type Ca²+ channels maintains the systolic Ca²+ transient in early cardiac atrophy induced by mechanical unloading.

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    Schwoerer, A P; Neef, S; Broichhausen, I; Jacubeit, J; Tiburcy, M; Wagner, M; Biermann, D; Didié, M; Vettel, C; Maier, L S; Zimmermann, W H; Carrier, L; Eschenhagen, T; Volk, T; El-Armouche, A; Ehmke, H

    2013-12-01

    Cardiac atrophy as a consequence of mechanical unloading develops following exposure to microgravity or prolonged bed rest. It also plays a central role in the reverse remodelling induced by left ventricular unloading in patients with heart failure. Surprisingly, the intracellular Ca(2+) transients which are pivotal to electromechanical coupling and to cardiac plasticity were repeatedly found to remain unaffected in early cardiac atrophy. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the preservation of the Ca(2+) transients, we investigated Ca(2+) cycling in cardiomyocytes from mechanically unloaded (heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation) and control (orthotopic) hearts in syngeneic Lewis rats. Following 2 weeks of unloading, sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) content was reduced by ~55 %. Atrophic cardiac myocytes also showed a much lower frequency of spontaneous diastolic Ca(2+) sparks and a diminished systolic Ca(2+) release, even though the expression of ryanodine receptors was increased by ~30 %. In contrast, current clamp recordings revealed prolonged action potentials in endocardial as well as epicardial myocytes which were associated with a two to fourfold higher sarcolemmal Ca(2+) influx under action potential clamp. In addition, Cav1.2 subunits which form the pore of L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCC) were upregulated in atrophic myocardium. These data suggest that in early cardiac atrophy induced by mechanical unloading, an augmented sarcolemmal Ca(2+) influx through LTCC fully compensates for a reduced systolic SR Ca(2+) release to preserve the Ca(2+) transient. This interplay involves an electrophysiological remodelling as well as changes in the expression of cardiac ion channels.

  7. Ion permeable microcapsules for the release of biologically available ions for remineralization.

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    Davidson, Michael T; Greving, Theresa A; McHale, William A; Latta, Mark A; Gross, Stephen M

    2012-03-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of chemical structure, ion concentration, and ion type on the release rate of biologically available ions useful for remineralization from microcapsules with ion permeable membranes. A heterogeneous polymerization technique was utilized to prepare microcapsules containing either an aqueous solution of K₂HPO₄, Ca(NO₃)₂, or NaF. Six different polyurethane-based microcapsule shells were prepared and characterized based on ethylene glycol, butanediol, hexanediol, octanediol, triethylene glycol, and bisphenol A structural units. Ion release profiles were measured as a function of initial ion concentration within the microcapsule, ion type, and microcapsule chemical structure. The rate of ion release increased with initial concentration of ion stored in the microcapsule over a range of 0.5-3.0M. The monomer used in the synthesis of the membrane had a significant effect on ion release rates at 3.0 M salt concentration. At 1.0 M, the ethylene glycol released ions significantly faster than the hexanediol-, octanediol-, and butanediol-based microcapsules. Ion release was fastest for fluoride and slowest for phosphate for the salts used in this study. It was concluded that the microcapsules are capable of releasing calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions in their biologically available form.

  8. Quantum interference from remotely trapped ions

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    Gerber, S; Rotter, D; Hennrich, M; Blatt, R [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Rohde, F; Schuck, C; Almendros, M; Gehr, R; Dubin, F; Eschner, J [ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Mediterranean Technology Park, Av del Canal OlImpic, E-08860 Castelldefels (Spain)], E-mail: francois.dubin@icfo.es

    2009-01-15

    We observe quantum interference of photons emitted by two continuously laser-excited single ions, independently trapped in distinct vacuum vessels. High contrast two-photon interference is observed in two experiments with different ion species, Ca{sup +} and Ba{sup +}. Our experimental findings are quantitatively reproduced by Bloch equation calculations. In particular, we show that the coherence of the individual resonance fluorescence light field is determined from the observed interference.

  9. Spectroscopic applications of the ISOLDE laser ion source

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    Sebastian, V; Fedosseev, V; Georg, U; Huber, G; Jading, Y; Jonsson, O; Köster, U; Koizumi, M; Kratz, K L; Kugler, E; Lettry, Jacques; Mishin, V I; Ravn, H L; Tamburella, C; Wöhr, A

    1998-01-01

    At the ISOLDE facility radioactive ion beams are produced via proton induced reactions in a target which is connected to a laser ion source. For beryllium a two step excitation scheme with laser light at wavelengths of lambda =235 nm and lambda =297 nm has been developed. Efficient laser ionization of beryllium was achieved with a new optical set-up using frequency tripling with two non-linear BBO crystals to generate laser light in the ultraviolet for the first excitation step. The second step was optimized to reach the 2p/sup 2 1/S/sub 0/ autoionizing state for high ionization efficiency. The isotope shift of /sup 7,9,10,11,12,14/Ba could be measured by tuning the wavelength of the first step. The laser ion source has also been used for the preparation of neutron-rich silver ion beams. Tuning the laser frequency of the first step it was possible to ionize selectively low- and high spin isomers of silver isotopes via the hyperfine structure. In both cases it was demonstrated that laser spectroscopy of exotic...

  10. Influences of calcium availability and tree species on Ca isotope fractionation in soil and vegetation

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    Page, B.D.; Bullen, T.D.; Mitchell, M.J.

    2008-01-01

    The calcium (Ca) isotope system is potentially of great use for understanding biogeochemical processes at multiple scales in forest ecosystems, yet remains largely unexplored for this purpose. In order to further our understanding of Ca behavior in forests, we examined two nearly adjacent hardwood-dominated catchments with differing soil Ca concentrations, developed from crystalline bedrock, to determine the variability of 44Ca/ 40Ca ratios (expressed as ??44Ca) within soil and vegetation pools. For both sugar maple and American beech, the Ca isotope compositions of the measured roots and calculated bulk trees were considerably lighter than those of soil pools at these sites, suggesting that the trees were able to preferentially take up light Ca at the root-soil interface. The Ca isotope compositions of three of four root samples were among the lightest values yet reported for terrestrial materials (??44Ca ???-3.95???). Our results further indicate that Ca isotopes were fractionated along the transpiration streams of both tree species with roots having the least ??44Ca values and leaf litter the greatest. An approximately 2??? difference in ??44Ca values between roots and leaf litter of both tree species suggests a persistent fractionation mechanism along the transpiration stream, likely related to Ca binding in wood tissue coupled with internal ion exchange. Finally, our data indicate that differing tree species demand for Ca and soil Ca concentrations together may influence Ca isotope distribution within the trees. Inter-catchment differences in Ca isotope distributions in soils and trees were minor, indicating that the results of our study may have broad transferability to studies of forest ecosystems in catchments developed on crystalline substrates elsewhere. ?? 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

  11. Binary ion exchange of metal ions in Y and X zeolites

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    M.A.S.D. Barros

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available The ion exchange of Na for Cr/K, Cr/Mg and Cr/Ca in Y and X zeolites was studied using breakthrough curves. It was observed that Cr3+ ions were able to remove some competitive ions that had already been exchanged at the zeolitic sites, producing a sequential ion exchange. Some mass transfer parameters such as length of unused bed, overall mass transfer coefficient, operational ratio and dimensionless variance were studied. Chromium uptake was influenced much more by the competing ion in the NaX zeolite columns. The dimensionless variance indicated that Cr/K solution produced a greater axial dispersion than the Cr/Mg and Cr/Ca systems, probably due to some interaction between Cr3+ and K+ ions. The order of dynamic selectivity, provided by the cation uptake, was Cr3+ > Ca2+, Cr3+ > Mg2+ and Cr3+ > K+ for NaY zeolite and Ca2+ ~Cr3+, Mg2+ > Cr3+ and Cr3+ > K+ for NaX zeolite. Due to the more favorable mass transfer parameters and higher affinity for Cr3+, it was concluded that NaY zeolite was more efficient at chromium uptake in competitive systems.

  12. Ca²⁺ signaling and regulation of fluid secretion in salivary gland acinar cells.

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    Ambudkar, Indu S

    2014-06-01

    Neurotransmitter stimulation of plasma membrane receptors stimulates salivary gland fluid secretion via a complex process that is determined by coordinated temporal and spatial regulation of several Ca(2+) signaling processes as well as ion flux systems. Studies over the past four decades have demonstrated that Ca(2+) is a critical factor in the control of salivary gland function. Importantly, critical components of this process have now been identified, including plasma membrane receptors, calcium channels, and regulatory proteins. The key event in activation of fluid secretion is an increase in intracellular [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)]i) triggered by IP3-induced release of Ca(2+) from ER via the IP3R. This increase regulates the ion fluxes required to drive vectorial fluid secretion. IP3Rs determine the site of initiation and the pattern of [Ca(2+)]i signal in the cell. However, Ca(2+) entry into the cell is required to sustain the elevation of [Ca(2+)]i and fluid secretion. This Ca(2+) influx pathway, store-operated calcium influx pathway (SOCE), has been studied in great detail and the regulatory mechanisms as well as key molecular components have now been identified. Orai1, TRPC1, and STIM1 are critical components of SOCE and among these, Ca(2+) entry via TRPC1 is a major determinant of fluid secretion. The receptor-evoked Ca(2+) signal in salivary gland acinar cells is unique in that it starts at the apical pole and then rapidly increases across the cell. The basis for the polarized Ca(2+) signal can be ascribed to the polarized arrangement of the Ca(2+) channels, transporters, and signaling proteins. Distinct localization of these proteins in the cell suggests compartmentalization of Ca(2+) signals during regulation of fluid secretion. This chapter will discuss new concepts and findings regarding the polarization and control of Ca(2+) signals in the regulation of fluid secretion.

  13. Extracellular Ca2+ Sensing in Salivary Ductal Cells*

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    Bandyopadhyay, Bidhan C.; Swaim, William D.; Sarkar, Ankana; Liu, Xibao; Ambudkar, Indu S.

    2012-01-01

    Ca2+ is secreted from the salivary acinar cells as an ionic constituent of primary saliva. Ions such as Na+ and Cl− get reabsorbed whereas primary saliva flows through the salivary ductal system. Although earlier studies have shown that salivary [Ca2+] decreases as it flows down the ductal tree into the oral cavity, ductal reabsorption of Ca2+ remains enigmatic. Here we report a potential role for the G protein-coupled receptor, calcium-sensing receptor (CSR), in the regulation of Ca2+ reabsorption by salivary gland ducts. Our data show that CSR is present in the apical region of ductal cells where it is co-localized with transient receptor potential canonical 3 (TRPC3). CSR is activated in isolated salivary gland ducts as well as a ductal cell line (SMIE) by altering extracellular [Ca2+] or by aromatic amino acid, l-phenylalanine (l-Phe, endogenous component of saliva), as well as neomycin. CSR activation leads to Ca2+ influx that, in polarized cells grown on a filter support, is initiated in the luminal region. We show that TRPC3 contributes to Ca2+ entry triggered by CSR activation. Further, stimulation of CSR in SMIE cells enhances the CSR-TRPC3 association as well as surface expression of TRPC3. Together our findings suggest that CSR could serve as a Ca2+ sensor in the luminal membrane of salivary gland ducts and regulate reabsorption of [Ca2+] from the saliva via TRPC3, thus contributing to maintenance of salivary [Ca2+]. CSR could therefore be a potentially important protective mechanism against formation of salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis) and infection (sialoadenitis). PMID:22778254

  14. [Carbohydrate antigens CA 19-9, CA 242, CA 50 in liver diseases].

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    Nowak, J; Jakubowska, D; Wiczkowski, A; Sprzaczkowska, K; Stechły, T; Zmudziński, W; Grzesik, P; Walas, R; Jarzab, B

    1998-01-01

    Serum concentrations of CA 19-9, CA 242, and CA 50 were determined in patients with hepatitis and liver cirrhosis without cholestasis. The study included 63 patients with chronic persistent hepatitis (group A), chronic active hepatitis (group B), and liver cirrhosis (group C). The control group (K) consisted of 82 patients with: peptic ulcer, colorectal polypi or diverticulosis of the colon. CA 19-9 level normal in the majority of patients with liver diseases, however, it was found to be increased in 4 (23%) of patients with liver cirrhosis. There was no statistically significant difference in the frequency of increased level of CA 19-9 between liver diseases and the control group. The rate of elevated serum level of CA 242 in patients with liver diseases and in control group was similar respectively 12%; 8.5%). The elevated CA 50 levels were most frequently found in patients with liver pathology (50% in liver cirrhosis and chronic active hepatitis; 36% in chronic persistent hepatitis). The elevation of CA 50 serum level occurs very often in liver diseases, even when they are going without cholestasis. Thus, the antigen is not useful for differentiating between benign and cancer diseases of gastrointestinal tract. Antigen CA 50 is to be taken into account only after exclusion of the pathology of liver, especially cirrhosis. Other investigated antigens: CA 19-9 and CA 242 are influenced by liver diseases to a minor and neglectable extent. Antigen CA 19-9 is the marker of choice in gastrointestinal cancers.

  15. The incorporation site of Er in nanosized CaF 2

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    D'Acapito, Francesco; Blanc, Wilfried; Benabdesselam, Mourad; Mady, Franck; Gredin, Patrick; Mortier, Michel

    2016-01-01

    The incorporation site of Er dopants inserted at high and low concentration (respectively 5 and 0.5 mol %) in nanoparticles of CaF 2 is studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) at the Er L III edge. The experimental data are compared with the results of structural modeling based on Density Functional Theory (DFT). DFT-based molecular dynamics is also used to simulate complete theoretical EXAFS spectra of the model structures. The results is that Er substitutes for Ca in the structure and in the low concentration case the dopant ions are isolated. At high concentration the rare earth ions cluster together binding Ca vacancies.

  16. Bioinspired colorimetric detection of calcium(II) ions in serum using calsequestrin-functionalized gold nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Sunghyun; Park, Jeong Won; Kim, Dongkyu; Kim, Daejin; Lee, In-Hyun; Jon, Sangyong

    2009-01-01

    Seeing is sensing: Calsequestrin (CSQ) functionalized gold nanoparticles undergo calcium-dependent CSQ polymerization, which results in a clear color change (see picture) together with precipitation. The sensing system is specific for Ca(2+) ions and the differences between normal and disease-associated abnormal (hypercalcemia) Ca(2+) ion levels in serum can be distinguished with the naked eye.

  17. Separation of Ra/Ca by ion exchange; Separacion de Ra/Ca por intercambio ionico

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    Iturbe, J.L.; Jimenez R, M.; Flores M, J

    1991-04-15

    The radium and the calcium belong to the same group in the periodic classification and as consequence both they present very similar chemical properties, that makes difficult its separation. Both elements are also frequently associate in the nature, the calcium is very abundant, the radium is not it and for that reason it is indispensable its separation to analyze to this last one. The alpha spectroscopy is very appropriate to analyze to the {sup 226} Ra, however to achieve a good resolution of the spectra, the samples should contain small quantities of calcium. The purposes of this work were to know the chromatographic behavior of the alkaline-earthy cations: calcium, barium and radium and to apply these knowledge to the separation of the {sup 226} Ra and its analysis by means of alpha spectroscopy. (Author)

  18. Electrospun Zeolite/Cellulose Acetate Fibers for Ion Exchange of Pb2+

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The ion exchange capability of electrospun cellulose acetate (CA fibers containing zeolite A nanoparticles is reported. Solid and porous CA fibers were used to make a zeolite-embedded filter paper, which was then used to ion exchange Na+ with Cu2+ and Pb2+. The composite Linde Type A (LTA zeolite CA fibers exchanged 0.39 mmol/g more Pb2+ than LTA nanoparticles in the solid CA fibers. These fibers could provide a simple and effective method for heavy metal ion removal in water.

  19. Kinetic studies show that Ca2+ and Tb3+ have different binding preferences toward the four Ca2+-binding sites of calmodulin.

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    Wang, C L; Leavis, P C; Gergely, J

    1984-12-18

    The stepwise addition of Tb3+ to calmodulin yields a large tyrosine-sensitized Tb3+ luminescence enhancement as the third and fourth ions bind to the protein [Wang, C.-L. A., Aquaron, R. R., Leavis, P. C., & Gergely, J. (1982) Eur. J. Biochem. 124, 7-12]. Since the only tyrosine residues in calmodulin are located within binding sites III and IV, these results suggest that Tb3+ binds first to sites I and II. Recent NMR studies have provided evidence that Ca2+, on the other hand, binds preferentially to sites III and IV. Kinetic studies using a stopped-flow apparatus also show that the preferential binding of Ca2+ and lanthanide ions is different. Upon rapid mixing of 2Ca-calmodulin with two Tb3+ ions, there was a small and rapid tyrosine fluorescence change, but no Tb3+ luminescence was observed, indicating that Tb3+ binds to sites I and II but not sites III and IV. When two Tb3+ ions are mixed with 2Dy-calmodulin, Tb3+ luminescence rises rapidly as Tb3+ binds to the empty sites III and IV, followed by a more gradual decrease (k = 0.4 s-1 as the ions redistribute themselves over the four sites. These results indicate that (i) both Tb3+ and Dy3+ prefer binding to sites I and II of calmodulin and (ii) the binding of Tb3+ to calmodulin is not impeded by the presence of two Ca2+ ions initially bound to the protein. Thus, the Ca2+ and lanthanide ions must exhibit opposite preferences for the four sites of calmodulin: sites III and IV are the high-affinity sites for Ca2+, whereas Tb3+ and Dy3+ prefer sites I and II.

  20. Role of Ubisch bodies secreted by tapetum in Ca2+ transprot

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    The distribution of Ca2+ in the anthers of wheat was observed using cytochemical method of potassium antimonite. At the later tetrad stage, Ubisch bodies carrying Ca2+ were observed on the inner surface of tapetum, in anther locule and on pollen surface. The Ubisch bodies contacted with pollen, and Ca2+ began to accumulate on pollen surface. At the uninucleate pollen stage, abundant Ubisch bodies were distributed in anther locule, and the amount of Ca2+ on pollen surface increased. At the mature pollen stage a large amount of Ca2+ ions were localized on the inner surface of tapetum, the surface of pollen and Ubisch bodies. In the pollen wall, Ca2+ precipitates arranged in radial lines. These results demonstrated that Ubisch bodies were involved in Ca2+ transport from anther wall to pollen surface at some developmental stages of anther.

  1. The acute and chronic toxicity of major geochemical ions to Hyalella azteca Ion interactions and comparisons to other species

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    We have previously reported that the acute and chronic toxicities of major geochemical ions (Na, K, Ca, Mg, Cl, SO4, HCO3) to Ceriodaphnia dubia can involve multiple, independent mechanisms. The toxicities of K, Mg, and Ca salts were best related to the chemical activity of the c...

  2. The acute and chronic toxicity of major geochemical ions to Hyalella azteca Ion interactions and comparisons to other species

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    We have previously reported that the acute and chronic toxicities of major geochemical ions (Na, K, Ca, Mg, Cl, SO4, HCO3) to Ceriodaphnia dubia can involve multiple, independent mechanisms. The toxicities of K, Mg, and Ca salts were best related to the chemical activity of the c...

  3. Experimental measurement and modeling of the distribution of solvent and ions between an aqueous phase and an ion exchange resin

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    Christensen, Søren Gregers; Thomsen, Kaj

    2005-01-01

    The distribution of solutes and solvent between an aqueous solution of salt and an ion exchange resin has been measured at ambient temperature. The experiments have been performed for aqueous solutions of KNO3, KCl, Ca(NO3)2 and CaCl2 in the concentration range of 0-3N. The absorption has been...

  4. Sodium-calcium exchanger and R-type Ca(2+) channels mediate spontaneous [Ca(2+)]i oscillations in magnocellular neurones of the rat supraoptic nucleus.

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    Kortus, Stepan; Srinivasan, Chinnapaiyan; Forostyak, Oksana; Zapotocky, Martin; Ueta, Yoichi; Sykova, Eva; Chvatal, Alexandr; Verkhratsky, Alexei; Dayanithi, Govindan

    2016-06-01

    Isolated supraoptic neurones generate spontaneous [Ca(2+)]i oscillations in isolated conditions. Here we report in depth analysis of the contribution of plasmalemmal ion channels (Ca(2+), Na(+)), Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX), intracellular Ca(2+) release channels (InsP3Rs and RyRs), Ca(2+) storage organelles, plasma membrane Ca(2+) pump and intracellular signal transduction cascades into spontaneous Ca(2+) activity. While removal of extracellular Ca(2+) or incubation with non-specific voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel (VGCC) blocker Cd(2+) suppressed the oscillations, neither Ni(2+) nor TTA-P2, the T-type VGCC blockers, had an effect. Inhibitors of VGCC nicardipine, ω-conotoxin GVIA, ω-conotoxin MVIIC, ω-agatoxin IVA (for L-, N-, P and P/Q-type channels, respectively) did not affect [Ca(2+)]i oscillations. In contrast, a specific R-type VGCC blocker SNX-482 attenuated [Ca(2+)]i oscillations. Incubation with TTX had no effect, whereas removal of the extracellular Na(+) or application of an inhibitor of the reverse operation mode of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger KB-R7943 blocked the oscillations. The mitochondrial uncoupler CCCP irreversibly blocked spontaneous [Ca(2+)]i activity. Exposure of neurones to Ca(2+) mobilisers (thapsigargin, cyclopiazonic acid, caffeine and ryanodine); 4-aminopyridine (A-type K(+) current blocker); phospholipase C and adenylyl cyclase pathways blockers U-73122, Rp-cAMP, SQ-22536 and H-89 had no effect. Oscillations were blocked by GABA, but not by glutamate, apamin or dynorphin. In conclusion, spontaneous oscillations in magnocellular neurones are mediated by a concerted action of R-type Ca(2+) channels and the NCX fluctuating between forward and reverse modes.

  5. Intracellular Ca2+ signals in human-derived pancreatic somatostatin-secreting cells (QGP-1N).

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    Squires, P E; Amiranoff, B; Dunne, M J

    1994-10-01

    Single-cell microfluorimetry techniques have been used to examine the effects of acetylcholine (0.1-100 microM) on the intracellular free calcium ion concentration ([Ca2+]i) in a human-derived pancreatic somatostatin-secreting cell line, QGP-1N. When applied to the bath solution, acetylcholine was found to evoke a marked and rapid increase in [Ca2+]i at all concentrations tested. These responses were either sustained, or associated with the generation of complex patterns of [Ca2+]i transients. Overall, the pattern of response was concentration related. In general, 0.1-10 microM acetylcholine initiated a series of repetitive oscillations in cytoplasmic Ca2+, whilst at higher concentrations the responses consisted of a rapid rise in [Ca2+]i followed by a smaller more sustained increase. Without external Ca2+, 100 microM acetylcholine caused only a transient rise in [Ca2+]i, whereas lower concentrations of the agonist were able to initiate, but not maintain, [Ca2+]i oscillations. Acetylcholine-evoked Ca2+ signals were abolished by atropine (1-10 microM), verapamil (100 microM) and caffeine (20 mM). Nifedipine failed to have any significant effect upon agonist-evoked increases in [Ca2+]i, whilst 50 mM KCl, used to depolarise the cell membrane, only elicited a transient increase in [Ca2+]i. Ryanodine (50-500 nM) and caffeine (1-20 mM) did not increase basal Ca2+ levels, but the Ca(2+)-ATPase inhibitors 2,5-di(tert-butyl)-hydroquinone (TBQ) and thapsigargin both elevated [Ca2+]i levels. These data demonstrate for the first time cytosolic Ca2+ signals in single isolated somatostatin-secreting cells of the pancreas. We have demonstrated that acetylcholine will evoke both Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ mobilisation, and we have partially addressed the subcellular mechanism responsible for these events.

  6. In vitro degradation and cytotoxicity of Mg/Ca composites produced by powder metallurgy.

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    Zheng, Y F; Gu, X N; Xi, Y L; Chai, D L

    2010-05-01

    Mg/Ca (1 wt.%, 5 wt.%, 10 wt.% Ca) composites were prepared from pure magnesium and calcium powders using the powder metallurgy method, aiming to enlarge the addition of Ca content without the formation of Mg(2)Ca. The microstructures, mechanical properties and cytotoxicities of Mg/Ca composite samples were investigated. The corrosion of Mg/Ca composites in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) for various immersion intervals was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements and environmental scanning electron microscope, with the concentrations of released Mg and Ca ions in DMEM for various immersion time intervals being measured. It was shown that the main constitutional phases were Mg and Ca, which were uniformly distributed in the Mg matrix. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation of experimental composites decreased with increasing Ca content, and the UTS of Mg/1Ca composite was comparable with that of as-extruded Mg-1Ca alloy. The corrosion potential increased with increasing Ca content, whereas the current density and the impedance decreased. It was found that the protective surface film formed quickly at the initial immersion stage. With increasing immersion time, the surface film became compact, and the corrosion rate of Mg/Ca composites slowed down. The surface film consisted mainly of CaCO(3), MgCO(3)x3H(2)O, HA and Mg(OH)(2) after 72 h immersion in DMEM. Mg/1Ca and Mg/5Ca composite extracts had no significant toxicity (p>0.05) to L-929 cells, whereas Mg/10Ca composite extract induced approximately 40% reduced cell viability.

  7. Maitotoxin activates a nonselective cation channel and stimulates Ca2+ entry in MDCK renal epithelial cells.

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    Dietl, P; Völkl, H

    1994-02-01

    We examined the mechanisms of maitotoxin (MTX), a water-soluble polyether from the marine dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus toxicus, in stimulation of Ca2+ entry into Mardin-Darby canine kidney cells. In the presence of bath Ca2+, MTX (3 nM) caused an elevation of the intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i), which was partially inhibited by SK&F 96365 (25 microM) or La3+ (100 microM). A stimulation of Ca(2+)-dependent K+ channels in cell-attached membrane patches coincided with this rise in [Ca2+]i and was also partially inhibited by SK&F 96365. Before the rise in [Ca2+]i, a nonselective cation current (Ins), studied by the whole-cell patch-clamp technique, was irreversibly activated. Ins poorly discriminated between Na+, K+, and Cs+, was unaffected by replacement of Cl- with gluconate-, and was not voltage gated. MTX-induced Ins was partially blocked by La3+ ions (100 microM) but not by SK&F 96365 (25 microM) or nifedipine (10 microM). SK&F 96365 by itself induced a small but significant stimulation of Ins and a rise in [Ca2+]i. The activation of Ins by MTX was instantaneous and depended on the presence of extracellular Ca2+ ions. In the absence of other cations, the inward current of Ins was dependent on the bath Ca2+ concentration. Cell-attached and excised single-channel measurements revealed that MTX activated a SK&F 96365-insensitive, approximately 40-pS, nonselective cation channel from the outside. We conclude that the initial action of MTX is the stimulation of a nonselective cation channel, which requires the presence of extracellular Ca2+ ions. The subsequent rise in [Ca2+]i is at least in part caused by another, SK&F 96365-sensitive, Ca2+ entry pathway, which may be activated as a result of or independently of Ins.

  8. Ion microprobe analysis of bone surface elements: Effects of 1,25(OH)2D3

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    Bushinsky, D.A.; Chabala, J.M.; Levi-Setti, R. (Univ. of Chicago, IL (USA))

    1989-12-01

    When neonatal mouse calvariae are incubated with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) there is net calcium efflux from the bone into the medium. The effect of this enhanced cell-mediated Ca efflux on the relative concentrations of mineral 23Na, 39K, and 40Ca has not previously been studied. We used an imaging scanning ion microprobe, utilizing secondary ion mass spectrometry, to compare the relative ion concentrations of Na, K, and Ca on the surface, subsurface, and cross-section of cultured bone incubated in the presence of 1,25(OH)2D3 with the ion concentrations in similar regions of bone incubated in unaltered control medium. Changes in mineral ion concentration were correlated with net fluxes of Na, K, and Ca relative to bone. Calvariae incubated in control medium (24 h at pH approximately 7.40) have abundant surface Na and K relative to Ca (Na/Ca, 85 and K/Ca, 68), whereas the subsurface has less Na/Ca (21) and K/Ca (23), and on cross section the ratios of both Na/Ca (2.0) and K/Ca (1.9) decrease further. After incubation with 10(-8) M 1,25(OH)2D3, there is a significant increase in bone surface Na/Ca (154) and K/Ca (141) without a change in these ratios on the subsurface and a small fall in both ratios on cross section. The linear relationship between Na/Ca and K/Ca across the three regions of bone observed in control calvariae did not change with 1,25(OH)2D3 treatment. As determined by flux measurements there is a net efflux of Ca but not Na or K from bone.

  9. Optimal microdomain crosstalk between endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria for Ca2+ oscillations.

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    Qi, Hong; Li, Linxi; Shuai, Jianwei

    2015-01-23

    A Ca(2+) signaling model is proposed to consider the crosstalk of Ca(2+) ions between endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria within microdomains around inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3R) and the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU). Our model predicts that there is a critical IP3R-MCU distance at which 50% of the ER-released Ca(2+) is taken up by mitochondria and that mitochondria modulate Ca(2+) signals differently when outside of this critical distance. This study highlights the importance of the IP3R-MCU distance on Ca(2+) signaling dynamics. The model predicts that when MCU are too closely associated with IP3Rs, the enhanced mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake will produce an increase of cytosolic Ca(2+) spike amplitude. Notably, the model demonstrates the existence of an optimal IP3R-MCU distance (30-85 nm) for effective Ca(2+) transfer and the successful generation of Ca(2+) signals in healthy cells. We suggest that the space between the inner and outer mitochondria membranes provides a defense mechanism against occurrences of high [Ca(2+)]Cyt. Our results also hint at a possible pathological mechanism in which abnormally high [Ca(2+)]Cyt arises when the IP3R-MCU distance is in excess of the optimal range.

  10. Understanding Molecular-Ion Neutral Atom Collisions for the Production of Ultracold Molecular Ions

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    2014-02-03

    the center of the vacuum chamber, denoted by the blue arrow, is 40Ca magneto - optical trap (MOT) co- located with a linear quadrupole radio- frequency...ion trap (LQT) system. The 40Ca MOT laser beams (blue) are evidenced by scattered light from the optics . The necessary computer and laser controls...cold molecules ,” Nature 495, 490 (2012)]. Construction of the next generation MOTION trap : Using what was learned in the sympatehtic cooling

  11. The self-consistent analysis for sub-barrier fusion enhancement effect in Ca + Ca and Ni + Ni

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    Ma, N R; Lin, C J; Yang, L; Xu, X X; Sun, L J; Yang, F; Wu, Z D; Zhang, H Q; Liu, Z H; Wang, D X

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    The fusion dynamic mechanism of heavy-ions at energies near the Coulomb barrier is complicated and still not very clear up to now. Accordingly, a self-consistent method based on the CCFULL calculations has been developed and applied for an ingoing study of the effect of the positive Q-value neutron transfer (PQNT) channels in this work. The typical experimental fusion data of Ca + Ca and Ni + Ni is analyzed within the unified calculation scheme. The PQNT effect in near-barrier fusion is further confirmed based on the self-consistent analysis and extracted quantitatively.

  12. Involvement of Plasma Membrane Ca2+/H+ Antiporter in Cd2+ Tolerance

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Cation exchangers (CAXs belong to the cation/Ca2+ exchanger superfamily which have been extensively investigated in plant tonoplasts over the last decade. Recently, the roles of CAXs involved in heavy metal accumulation and tolerance in plants have been studied for phytoremediation and food security. In this mini review, we summarize the roles of the Ca2+/H+ antiporter in Ca2+ signal transduction, maintaining ion homeostasis and sequestering heavy metals into the vacuole. Moreover, we present a possible role of the plasma membrane Ca2+/H+ antiporter in heavy metal detoxification.

  13. Conformational thermodynamics of metal-ion binding to a protein

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    Das, Amit; Chakrabarti, J.; Ghosh, Mahua

    2013-08-01

    Conformational changes in proteins induced by metal-ions play extremely important role in various cellular processes and technological applications. Dihedral angles are suitable conformational variables to describe microscopic conformations of a biomacromolecule. Here, we use the histograms of the dihedral angles to study the thermodynamics of conformational changes of a protein upon metal-ion binding. Our method applied to Ca2+ ion binding to an important metalloprotein, Calmodulin, reveals different thermodynamic changes in different metal-binding sites. The ligands coordinating to Ca2+ ions also play different roles in stabilizing the metal-ion coordinated protein-structure. Metal-ion binding induce remarkable thermodynamic changes in distant part of the protein via modification of secondary structural elements.

  14. Retracing diagenetic processes in marine porewaters using Ca isotopes

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    Ockert, C.; Teichert, B. M.; Kaufhold, S.; Gussone, N. C.

    2012-12-01

    Calcium (Ca) isotope ratios of marine organic and inorganic mineral precipitates are used to monitor changes in the oceanic Ca-budget and in paleo-temperature, and serve as a proxy for the trophic level of organisms in the food chain (c.f. Skulan et al., 1997; Zhu et al., 1998). However, during interaction between sediments and porewater, the Ca isotopic composition of marine porewaters might be shifted, bearing the potential to alter the Ca isotope proxy records. While processes, such as partial dissolution of calcareous shells and carbonate recrystallization have been studied (Fantle and DePaolo, 2007; Turchyn and DePaolo 2011), other diagenetic processes such as ion exchange with clay minerals have not been taken into account while studying Ca isotope profiles of porewaters. Nevertheless, first experiments and the investigation of natural porewaters indicate that this process has a significant effect on the Ca isotope composition in marine porewaters. Laboratory experiments aimed to determine if Ca isotope fractionation occurs during Ca adsorption and exchange with ammonium on clay minerals. The results show that Ca adsorption in a seawater environment is associated with fractionation, where light Ca is preferably adorbed. The addition of ammonium to the experimental set up caused partial release of Ca accompanied by isotope fractionation. Based on the results of the experiments, model calculations tested the impact of varying clay mineral type, content and sediment porosity, revealing that ion exchange processes with clay minerals predominantly shift the porewater signal to lighter values. This is in agreement with observations by Teichert et al. (2009), who found a correlation of ammonium-concentration and δ44/40Ca ratios in the porewater of drill core samples from the Cascadia accretionary margin (ODP Leg 204). Calcium isotope ratios of natural marine porewaters of three sites in the North Atlantic (IODP Expedition 303) show that the correlation between

  15. Coassembly of big conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels and L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in rat brain

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    Grunnet, Morten; Kaufmann, Walter A

    2004-01-01

    . The nature of the apparent coupling is not known. In the present study we report a direct coassembly of big conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (BK) and L-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels in rat brain. Saturation immunoprecipitation studies were performed on membranes labeled for BK channels...... to separate ion channel complexes. Finally, immunochemical studies showed a distinct but overlapping expression pattern of the two types of ion channels investigated. BK and L-type Ca(2+) channels were colocalized in various compartments throughout the rat brain. Taken together, these results demonstrate...... a direct coassembly of BK channels and L-type Ca(2+) channels in certain areas of the brain....

  16. Inseparable tandem: evolution chooses ATP and Ca2+ to control life, death and cellular signalling.

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    Plattner, Helmut; Verkhratsky, Alexei

    2016-08-05

    From the very dawn of biological evolution, ATP was selected as a multipurpose energy-storing molecule. Metabolism of ATP required intracellular free Ca(2+) to be set at exceedingly low concentrations, which in turn provided the background for the role of Ca(2+) as a universal signalling molecule. The early-eukaryote life forms also evolved functional compartmentalization and vesicle trafficking, which used Ca(2+) as a universal signalling ion; similarly, Ca(2+) is needed for regulation of ciliary and flagellar beat, amoeboid movement, intracellular transport, as well as of numerous metabolic processes. Thus, during evolution, exploitation of atmospheric oxygen and increasingly efficient ATP production via oxidative phosphorylation by bacterial endosymbionts were a first step for the emergence of complex eukaryotic cells. Simultaneously, Ca(2+) started to be exploited for short-range signalling, despite restrictions by the preset phosphate-based energy metabolism, when both phosphates and Ca(2+) interfere with each other because of the low solubility of calcium phosphates. The need to keep cytosolic Ca(2+) low forced cells to restrict Ca(2+) signals in space and time and to develop energetically favourable Ca(2+) signalling and Ca(2+) microdomains. These steps in tandem dominated further evolution. The ATP molecule (often released by Ca(2+)-regulated exocytosis) rapidly grew to be the universal chemical messenger for intercellular communication; ATP effects are mediated by an extended family of purinoceptors often linked to Ca(2+) signalling. Similar to atmospheric oxygen, Ca(2+) must have been reverted from a deleterious agent to a most useful (intra- and extracellular) signalling molecule. Invention of intracellular trafficking further increased the role for Ca(2+) homeostasis that became critical for regulation of cell survival and cell death. Several mutually interdependent effects of Ca(2+) and ATP have been exploited in evolution, thus turning an originally

  17. Ca2+ transport by mitochondria from L1210 mouse ascites tumor cells.

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    Reynafarje, B; Lehninger, A L

    1973-06-01

    Mitochondria isolated from the ascites form of L1210 mouse leukemia cells readily accumulate Ca(2+) from the suspending medium and eject H(+) during oxidation of succinate in the presence of phosphate and Mg(2+), with normal stoichiometry between Ca(2+) uptake and electron transport. Ca(2+) loads up to 1600 ng-atoms per mg of protein are attained. As is the case in mitochondria from normal tissues, Ca(2+) uptake takes precedence over oxidative phosphorylation. However, Ca(2+) transport by the L-1210 mitochondria is unusual in other respects, which may possibly have general significance in tumor cells. The apparent affinity of the L1210 mitochondria for Ca(2+) in stimulation of oxygen uptake is about 3-fold greater than in normal liver mitochondria; moreover, the maximal rate of Ca(2+) transport is also considerably higher. Furthermore, when Ca(2+) pulses are added to L1210 mitochondria in the absence of phosphate or other permeant anions, much larger amounts of Ca(2+) are bound and H(+) ejected per atom of oxygen consumed than in the presence of phosphate; up to 7 Ca(2+) ions are bound per pair of electrons passing each energy-conserving site of the electron-transport chain. Such "superstoichiometry" of Ca(2+) uptake can be accounted for by two distinct types of respiration-dependent interaction of Ca(2+) with the L1210 mitochondria. One is the stimulation of oxygen consumption, which is achieved by relatively low concentrations of Ca(2+) (K(m) congruent with 8 muM) and is accompanied by binding of Ca(2+) up to 40 ng-atoms per mg of protein. The second process, also dependent on electron transport, is the binding of further Ca(2+) from the medium in exchange with previously stored membrane-bound protons, in which the affinity for Ca(2+) is much lower (K(m) congruent with 120 muM).

  18. The interaction of salicylic acid and Ca(2+) alleviates aluminum toxicity in soybean (Glycine max L.).

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    Lan, Tu; You, Jiangfeng; Kong, Lingnan; Yu, Miao; Liu, Minghui; Yang, Zhenming

    2016-01-01

    Both calcium ion (Ca(2+)) and salicylic acid (SA) influence various stress responses in plants. In acidic soils, aluminum (Al) toxicity adversely affects crop yield. In this study, we determined the influences of Ca(2+) and SA on root elongation, Al accumulation, and citrate secretion in soybean plant. We also investigated the activity of antioxidative enzymes in Al-exposed soybean roots. Root elongation was severally inhibited when the roots were exposed to 30 μM Al. The Al-induced inhibition of root elongation was ameliorated by Ca(2+) and SA but aggravated by Ca(2+) channel inhibitor (VP), CaM antagonists (TFP), Ca(2+) chelator (EGTA), and SA biosynthesis inhibitor (PAC). Furthermore, 1.0 mM CaCl2 and 10 μM SA reduced the accumulation of Al in roots, but their inhibitors stimulated the accumulation of Al in roots. Citrate secretion from these roots increased with the addition of either 1.0 mM CaCl2 or 10 μM SA but did not increase significantly when treated with higher Ca(2+) concentration. Enzymatic analysis showed that Ca(2+) and SA stimulated the activities of superoxidase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) in Al-treated roots. In addition, SA restored the inhibition of Ca(2+) inhibitors on root elongation and Al content. Thus, both Ca(2+) and SA contribute to Al tolerance in soybean. Furthermore, Ca(2+) supplements rapidly increased Al-induced accumulation of free-SA or conjugated SA (SAG), while Ca(2+) inhibitors delayed the accumulation of SA for more than 8 h. Within 4 h of treatment, SA increased cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration in Al-treated roots, and upregulated the expression of four genes that possibly encode calmodulin-like (CML) proteins. These findings indicate that SA is involved in Ca(2+)-mediated signal transduction pathways in Al tolerance.

  19. EFFECT OF METAL IONS ON THE LACCASE ACTIVITY

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    XiwenWang; HuaiyuZhan; WeiHe

    2004-01-01

    The effects of five metal ions(Fe-'~,Ca-~*,Mg2*,Mn-'-"Cu2") on ABTS oxidation catalyzed by laccase werestudied under condition of pH=4.5 byspectrophotometer. The results show that Fe2+ ionhas obvious effect on the activity and the nature ofinhibition is competitive type. It is found that theinhibition is realized through the reduction ofABTS.by Fe2+ ion. Other metal ions have slight influence onlaccase activity.

  20. Heavy-ion nucleus scattering

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    Rahman, M A; Haque, S

    2003-01-01

    Heavy ion-nucleus scattering is an excellent laboratory to probe high spin phenomena, exotic nuclei and for the analysis of various exit channels. The Strong Absorption Model or the generalized diffraction models, which are semi-classical in nature, have been employed in the description of various heavy ion-nucleus scattering phenomena with reasonable success. But one needs to treat the deflection function (scattering angles) quantum mechanically in the Wave Mechanical picture for the appropriate description of the heavy-ion nucleus scattering phenomena. We have brought the mathematics for the cross-section of the heavy-ion nucleus scattering to an analytic expression taking account of the deflection function (scattering angles) quantum mechanically. sup 9 Be, sup 1 sup 6 O, sup 2 sup 0 Ne and sup 3 sup 2 S heavy-ion beams elastic scattering from sup 2 sup 8 Si, sup 2 sup 4 Mg and sup 4 sup 0 Ca target nuclei at various projectile energies over the range 20-151 MeV have been analysed in terms of the 2-paramet...

  1. Inhibition of CaMKII does not attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in mice with dysfunctional ryanodine receptor.

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    Full Text Available In cardiac muscle, the release of calcium ions from the sarcoplasmic reticulum through ryanodine receptor ion channels (RyR2s leads to muscle contraction. RyR2 is negatively regulated by calmodulin (CaM and by phosphorylation of Ca2+/CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII. Substitution of three amino acid residues in the CaM binding domain of RyR2 (RyR2-W3587A/L3591D/F3603A, RyR2ADA impairs inhibition of RyR2 by CaM and results in cardiac hypertrophy and early death of mice carrying the RyR2ADA mutation. To test the cellular function of CaMKII in cardiac hypertrophy, mutant mice were crossed with mice expressing the CaMKII inhibitory AC3-I peptide or the control AC3-C peptide in the myocardium. Inhibition of CaMKII by AC3-I modestly reduced CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation of RyR2 at Ser-2815 and markedly reduced CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation of SERCA2a regulatory subunit phospholamban at Thr-17. However the average life span and heart-to-body weight ratio of Ryr2ADA/ADA mice expressing the inhibitory peptide were not altered compared to control mice. In Ryr2ADA/ADA homozygous mice, AC3-I did not alter cardiac morphology, enhance cardiac function, improve sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ handling, or suppress the expression of genes implicated in cardiac remodeling. The results suggest that CaMKII was not required for the rapid development of cardiac hypertrophy in Ryr2ADA/ADA mice.

  2. Metal binding discrimination of the calmodulin Q41C/K75C mutant on Ca2+ and La3+

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    2010-01-01

    Calmodulin (CaM) is a multifunctional Ca2+-binding protein regulating the activity of many enzymes in response to fluctuation of the intracellular Ca2+ level. It has been shown that a CaM Q41C/K75C mutant (CaMSS) with a disulfide bond in the N-terminal domain exhibits greatly reduced affinity to Ca2+. In the present study, the experimental results revealed a unique metal binding pattern in CaMSS towards La3+ and Ca2+ separately: the mutant protein binds Ca2+ at site Ⅰ, Ⅲ and IV; however, it binds La3+ at site Ⅰ, Ⅱ and IV. A putative mechanism was proposed which is the conformation of site Ⅱ (or siteⅢ) of CaMSS could be altered and thus loses its metal ion affinity in response to metal binding in the opposite terminal domain possibly through the long range domain interaction. The present work may offer new perspectives for understanding the mechanisms of specific metal ion affinity in CaM and for CaM-based protein design.

  3. Chelating properties of beer: Implications on calcium homeostasis in PE/CA-PJ15 cells

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    2017-03-01

    These results support the notion that beer may be considered a natural source of chemical entities that, based on their binding activity to Ca2+ and, possibly, other metal ions, might be considered as nutritional supplements, detoxification agents, or antibiotics.

  4. Valence state of manganese and iron ions in La{sub 1−x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (A = Ca, Sr) and Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} systems from Mn2p, Mn3s, Fe2p and Fe3s X-ray photoelectron spectra. Effect of delocalization on Fe3s spectra splitting

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    Kozakov, A.T. [Scientific Research Institute of Physics at Southern Federal University, 194 Stachki, Rostov on Don 344090 (Russian Federation); Kochur, A.G., E-mail: agk@rgups.ru [Rostov State Transport University, 2 Narodnogo Opolcheniya, Rostov on Don 344038 (Russian Federation); Googlev, K.A.; Nikolskii, A.V. [Scientific Research Institute of Physics at Southern Federal University, 194 Stachki, Rostov on Don 344090 (Russian Federation); Torgashev, V.I.; Trotsenko, V.G. [Faculty of Physics, Southern Federal University, 344006, Rostov on Don (Russian Federation); Bush, A.A. [Moscow State Technical University of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation, 119454, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-25

    La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x = 0.5, 0.7, 0.85, 0.95) ceramic samples are synthesized by solid state reaction method. Mn3s and Mn2p X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) of La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3}, and Fe3s-spectra of Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) are measured at room temperature. Both Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} ions are discovered in La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} similarly to the case of Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 4+} found earlier in Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} ceramics. Relative Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} contents are determined by fitting measured Mn2p spectra with combinations of Mn2p spectra of compounds containing tri- and quadrivalent Mn ions. Relative portion of Mn{sup 4+} is shown to increase with the increase of x. Fe3s spectrum splitting in Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} increases with x in contrast to the Mn3s-spectrum splitting in La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3}. Anomalous behavior of Fe3s splitting is explained in the frame of the model of partly itinerant 3d-electrons by strong effect of 3d electron delocalization on electron correlation interaction in final state of 3s photoabsorption. - Highlights: • Mn3s, Mn2p XPS of La{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3}, and Fe3s XPS of Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} are measured. • Relative Mn{sup 4+}/Mn{sup 3+} contents are determined by decomposition of Mn2p XPS. • Splitting of Fe3s XPS in Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} grows with the increase of Fe{sup 4+} content. • 3d electrons in Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} are partly itinerant. • Anomalous behavior of Fe3s in Bi{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3}is due to 3d electrons delocalization.

  5. Improve photovoltaic performance of titanium dioxide nanorods based dye-sensitized solar cells by Ca-doping

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    Li, Weixin; Yang, Junyou, E-mail: jyyang@mail.hust.edu.cn; Zhang, Jiaqi; Gao, Sheng; Luo, Yubo; Liu, Ming

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanorods doped with Ca ions were synthesized by one-step hydrothermal method. • The flat band edge of rutile TiO{sub 2} shifted positively via Ca-doping. • The photoelectric conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on TiO{sub 2} electrode was much enhanced by Ca-doping. • A relatively high open circuit voltage was obtained by adopting Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorods electrode. - Abstract: Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays were prepared via the one-step hydrothermal method successfully, and the effect of Ca ions content on the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells has been fully discussed in the paper. Although no obvious change on the microstructure and morphology was observed by field emission scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope for the Ca-doped samples, the results of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that Ti{sup 4+} was substituted with Ca{sup 2+} successfully. UV–vis spectroscopy results revealed that the flat band edge shifted positively by Ca ions doping. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells based on the 2 mol% Ca-doped TiO{sub 2} electrode was 43% higher than that of the undoped one due to the less recombination possibility.

  6. Cluster-assisted generation of multi-charged ions in nanosecond laser ionization of pulsed hydrogen sulfide beam at 1064 and 532 nm

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    Niu Dong-Mei; Li Hai-Yang; Luo Xiao-Lin; Liang Feng; Cheng Shuang; Li An-Lin

    2006-01-01

    The multi-charged sulfur ions of Sq+ (q ≤ 6) have been generated when hydrogen sulfide cluster beams are irradiated by a nanosecond laser of 1064 and 532 nm with an intensity of 1010 ~ 1012W·cm-2. S6+ is the dominant multicharged species at 1064 nm, while S4+, S3+ and S2+ ions are the main multi-charged species at 532 nm. A three-step model (i.e., multiphoton ionization triggering, inverse bremsstrahlung heating, electron collision ionizing) is proposed to explain the generation of these multi-charged ions at the laser intensity stated above. The high ionization level of the clusters and the increasing charge state of the ion products with increasing laser wavelength are supposed mainly due to the rate-limiting step, i.e., electron heating by absorption energy from the laser field via inverse bremsstrahlung, which is proportional to λ2, λ being the laser wavelength.

  7. Rietveld refinements and spectroscopic studies of the structure of Ca-deficient apatite.

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    Wilson, Rory M; Elliott, James C; Dowker, Stephanie E P; Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Luis M

    2005-04-01

    Nine samples of Ca-deficient apatite (Ca-def Ap) were prepared from suspensions of CaHPO4 (monetite) at 90 degrees C by raising the pH from approximately 4 through release of NH3 produced by the hydrolysis of urea. Products were dried at 100 degrees C for 24h and studied by chemical analyses, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) (and Rietveld analysis of this data), Ca/P ratio determination (quantitative phase analysis of samples after heating to 900 degrees C from Rietveld analysis of XRPD data), scanning electron microscopy, He pycknometry, 1H and 31P MAS NMR spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. All samples contained apatite, but three also contained monetite. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of HPO4(2-) and absence of carbonate ions in the six monetite-free samples. Mean results for the six samples were: a = 9.4320(40), c = 6.8751(31) A; unit cell formula from chemical analysis neglecting protonation of phosphate ion, Ca(9.303(50))(PO4)6(OH)(0.606(99)).1.97(12)H2O; theoretical density 3.10 g cm(-3); experimental density (mean for three samples) 3.15 g cm(-3); and Ca/P mole ratio from chemical analysis and phase analysis after heating to 900 degrees C, 1.550(8) and 1.550(2), respectively. An earlier assignment of a line at 6 ppm in the 1H NMR spectrum of similar samples to HPO4(2-) ions could not be confirmed; hence no information about the HPO4(2-) ion content could be derived, in disagreement with the previous NMR study. A shoulder at approximately 0.9 ppm relative to 85 wt% H3PO4 in the 31P NMR spectrum was assigned to HPO4(2-) ions. Occupancies from the Rietveld structure refinements indicated preferential loss of Ca from Ca2 sites compared with Ca1, but the loss was substantially smaller than expected from chemical analyses. It is suggested that imperfect modelling of the structure in the refinement, particularly disorder associated with the Ca2 site, resulted in errors in Ca2 occupancies. The P-O bonds were

  8. ION VATAMANU

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    Full Text Available Ion Vatamanu was a chemist, writer and public figure. He was equally passionate about both his chosen fields of activity: chemistry and poetry. Chemistry, with its perfect equilibrium of logic and precision, provided inspiration for lyrical creativity, whereas poetry writing enlivened his imagination and passion for chemistry. He loved his parents. He adored his wife Elena, whom he often gifted a sea of flowers. He loved his daughters Mihaela, Mariana, and Leontina. He loved life, and he loved people.

  9. Charge Exchange Collisions between Ultracold Fermionic Lithium Atoms and Calcium Ions

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    Haze, Shinsuke; Saito, Ryoichi; Mukaiyama, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    An observation of charge exchange collisions between ultracold fermionic 6Li atoms and 40Ca+ ions is reported. The reaction product of the charge exchange collision is dentified via mass spectrometry where the motion of the ions is excited parametrically. We measure the cross section of the charge exchange collisions between the 6Li atoms in the ground state and the 40Ca+ ions in the ground and metastable excited states. Investigation of the inelastic collision characteristics in the atom-ion mixture is an important step toward ultracold chemistry based on ultracold atoms and ions.

  10. Formation of magnetic polarons in lightly Ca doped LaCoO3

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    Kataev, Vladislav [IFW Dresden; Alfonsov, Aleksei [IFW Dresden; Vavilova, Eugenia [IFW Dresden; Podlesnyak, Andrey A [ORNL; Khomskii, D. I. [Universitat zu Koln, Koln, Germany; Buchner, B [IFW Dresden

    2010-01-01

    We performed high field electron spin resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance and static magnetization measurements on a powder sample of lightly hole-doped La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3}, x {approx} 0.002 in order to study the influence of the size of the substitution ion on the formation of the hole induced spin-state polaron. Previous works showed that doping of LaCoO{sub 3} with Sr in very small concentrations (x {approx} 0.002) yields the formation of a magnetic polaron with a big spin value and large spin orbital coupling. The Ca{sup 2+} ion, in contrast to the Sr{sup 2+} ion, has almost the same ionic radius as the La{sup 3+} ion. Therefore, the substitution of Ca for La provides mainly a hole to the system without creation of a sizeable crystal field distortion around the substituted Ca ion. The data obtained on La{sub 0.998}Ca{sub 0.002}CoO{sub 3} provide experimental evidence that the introduced hole indeed plays the main role in the formation of the spin-state polaron. Accompanying crystal field distortions seem to play a minor role, e.g. influencing the fine splitting of the spin polaron energy levels and the contribution of the spin orbital coupling.

  11. Cell viability modulation through changes of Ca(2+)-dependent signalling pathways.

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    Wójcik-Piotrowicz, Karolina; Kaszuba-Zwoińska, Jolanta; Rokita, Eugeniusz; Thor, Piotr

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the study was to determine the correlations between intracellular calcium ion level and a cell's ability to survive. The intracellular concentration of Ca(2+) ions, maintained through different mechanisms, plays an important role in signalling in cells. The deregulation of these mechanisms by various cell stressors (e.g. cytotoxic agents) can disturb Ca(2+) homeostasis and influence Ca(2+)-dependent signalling pathways in the cell. Perturbations of intracellular electrochemical equilibrium may lead to changes in cell function or even to cell death. According to some experimental results, one of the cell stressors may be exposure to magnetic fields (MF). Because of the wide distribution of MF sources in our environment, magnetic fields have recently been intensively examined in relation to the occurrence of cancer. Nevertheless, two questions still remain unanswered: Is the influence of MF on cells positive or negative, and what mechanism(s) underlie the effects of MF action on cells? Most studies focus on the influence of MF on Ca(2+) ion fluxes as calcium ions play the role of intracellular second messengers, triggering many signalling cascades. Physical models assuming the mechanisms generating the disturbance of ionic transport and/or the dysfunction of ion-protein complexes in cells due to MF action have been widely discussed in the literature, but a detailed explanation of experimental results is still awaited. The dynamics of the concentration of intracellular calcium ions can be detected by various methods, including optical and non-optical techniques. This review combines an insight into basic intracellular Ca(2+) regulative mechanisms and common techniques used to detect changes in Ca(2+) concentration inside the cell. The emphasis here is on the determination of Ca(2+) regulative mechanisms developed in non-excitable cells (e.g. U937 cells, HeLa, etc.), which are probably mainly involved in cell responses to external stress (e.g. MF stimuli).

  12. Crystal chemistry of ordered rocksalt-type Ca2NF

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    Al-Azzawi, Mohanad; Zeller, Matthias; Li, Dingqiang; Wagner, Timothy R.

    2017-10-01

    Ordered rocksalt-type Ca2NF has a cubic unit cell that is doubled along [100] relative to the rocksalt-type polymorph due to N/F ordering. Crystals for the present study were prepared from a pure, dry KCuF3 precursor by reaction with Ca metal under nitrogen, and analyzed via high resolution single crystal X-ray diffraction. From this analysis, as well as qualitative compositional analysis using energy dispersive spectroscopy, it was determined that interstitial fluoride ions previously interpreted as Frenkel defects are actually due to a non-stoichiometric defect. The refined composition is Ca2N0.925F1.23, and the ordered cubic phase has space group Fd 3 bar m (No. 227) with a = 10.0301(5) Å and Z = 16.

  13. Actinide production from the interactions of sup 40 Ca and sup 44 Ca with sup 248 Cm and a comparison with the sup 48 Ca+ sup 248 Cm system

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    Tuerler, A.; von Gunten, H.R. (Laboratorium fuer Radiochemie, Universitaet Bern, 3000 Bern 9 (Switzerland)); Leyba, J.D.; Hoffman, D.C.; Lee, D.M.; Gregorich, K.E.; Bennett, D.A.; Chasteler, R.M.; Gannett, C.M.; Hall, H.L.; Henderson, R.A.; Nurmia, M.J. (Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States))

    1992-10-01

    Excitation functions have been measured for production of isotopes of Th through Fm in bombardments of {sup 248}Cm with 231- to 323-MeV {sup 44}Ca ions and for the production of isotopes of Th through Cm in bombardments of {sup 248}Cm with 230- to 291-MeV {sup 40}Ca ions, respectively, using radiochemical methods. Upper production cross section limits were established for nuclides that were not positively detected. The experimental data were compared with the results of previous reaction studies in the systems {sup 40}Ca+{sup 248}Cm and {sup 48}Ca+{sup 248}Cm. The half-widths of the Gaussian isotopic distributions were about 2.5 mass numbers for above-target elements and 5 to 5.5 mass numbers for below-target elements in all three systems. The majority of the cross section for the production of above-target nuclides was assigned to predominantly quasielastic reactions, whereas below-target nuclides were formed in deeply inelastic and asymmetric quasifission reactions. The maxima of the isotopic distributions were shown by others to closely follow the minimum of the potential energy surface in experiments with {sup 48}Ca, whereas in reactions with {sup 40}Ca and {sup 44}Ca we found that a transfer of 4 to 5 protons in either direction was required to reach the minimum in potential energy.

  14. UCP3 Regulates Single-Channel Activity of the Cardiac mCa1.

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    Motloch, Lukas J; Gebing, Tina; Reda, Sara; Schwaiger, Astrid; Wolny, Martin; Hoppe, Uta C

    2016-08-01

    Mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake (mCa(2+) uptake) is thought to be mediated by the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU). UCP2 and UCP3 belong to a superfamily of mitochondrial ion transporters. Both proteins are expressed in the inner mitochondrial membrane of the heart. Recently, UCP2 was reported to modulate the function of the cardiac MCU related channel mCa1. However, the possible role of UCP3 in modulating cardiac mCa(2+) uptake via the MCU remains inconclusive. To understand the role of UCP3, we analyzed cardiac mCa1 single-channel activity in mitoplast-attached single-channel recordings from isolated murine cardiac mitoplasts, from adult wild-type controls (WT), and from UCP3 knockout mice (UCP3(-/-)). Single-channel registrations in UCP3(-/-) confirmed a murine voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel, i.e., mCa1, which was inhibited by Ru360. Compared to WT, mCa1 in UCP3(-/-) revealed similar single-channel characteristics. However, in UCP3(-/-) the channel exhibited decreased single-channel activity, which was insensitive to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) inhibition. Our results suggest that beyond UCP2, UCP3 also exhibits regulatory effects on cardiac mCa1/MCU function. Furthermore, we speculate that UCP3 might modulate previously described inhibitory effects of ATP on mCa1/MCU activity as well.

  15. Electron Beam Ion Sources

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    Zschornacka, G.; Schmidt, M.; Thorn, A.

    2014-01-01

    Electron beam ion sources (EBISs) are ion sources that work based on the principle of electron impact ionization, allowing the production of very highly charged ions. The ions produced can be extracted as a DC ion beam as well as ion pulses of different time structures. In comparison to most of the other known ion sources, EBISs feature ion beams with very good beam emittances and a low energy spread. Furthermore, EBISs are excellent sources of photons (X-rays, ultraviolet, extreme ultraviole...

  16. Ion Beam Extraction by Discrete Ion Focusing

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    2010-01-01

    An apparatus (900) and methods are disclosed for ion beam extraction. In an implementation, the apparatus includes a plasma source (or plasma) (802) and an ion extractor (804). The plasma source is adapted to generate ions and the ion extractor is immersed in the plasma source to extract a fraction...... of the generated ions. The ion extractor is surrounded by a space charge (810) formed at least in part by the extracted ions. The ion extractor includes a biased electrode (806) forming an interface with an insulator (808). The interface is customized to form a strongly curved potential distribution (812......) in the space-charge surrounding the ion extractor. The strongly curved potential distribution focuses the extracted ions towards an opening (814) on a surface of the biased electrode thereby resulting in an ion beam....

  17. Regulation of free cytosolic Ca2+ concentration in the outer segments of bovine retinal rods by Na-Ca-K exchange measured with fluo-3. I. Efficiency of transport and interactions between cations.

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    Schnetkamp, P P; Li, X B; Basu, D K; Szerencsei, R T

    1991-12-05

    Regulation of free cytosolic Ca2+ concentration in the rod outer segments (ROS) isolated from bovine retinas was examined with the fluorescent Ca(2+)-indicating dye fluo-3. In situ calibration of cytosolic fluo-3 was done in the presence of the Ca2+ ionophore A23187 and yielded a dissociation constant of 500 nM for the Ca(2+)-fluo-3 complex. Ca2+ influx in Ca(2+)-depleted ROS was completely abolished when internal Na+ was removed suggesting that Ca2+ influx exclusively occurred via Na-Ca-K exchange. The most striking observation was that Na-Ca-K exchange could mediate a rapid increase in cytosolic free Ca2+ over the most of the usable indicating range of fluo-3 (from 10 nM to 2 microM), even when exposed to free external Ca2+ concentrations as low as 10 nM. From a comparison between changes in free Ca2+ and changes in total Ca2+, we conclude that physiologically occurring changes in cytosolic free Ca2+ are mediated by exchange fluxes less than 1% of the maximal Na-Ca-K exchange flux. The Na-Ca-K exchanger could mediate both K(+)-dependent and K(+)-independent Ca2+ influx; Li+ caused a complete inhibition of K(+)-independent Ca2+ influx, but had no effect on K(+)-dependent Ca2+ influx. We examined the complex interactions of alkali cations with Ca2+ influx and discuss the results in terms of a three-site model for the Na-Ca-K exchanger (Schnetkamp, P. P. M. and Szerencsei, R. T. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 189-197). Ca2+ competed with one Mg2+ ion or two Na+ ions for binding to a common site. High K+ concentration greatly diminished the ability of Na+ and Mg2+ to compete with Ca2+ for this common site on the exchanger protein. As a result, high internal K+ induced a conformation of the exchange protein that kinetically favoured Ca2+ extrusion.

  18. The Relationship between Some Ions and Acrosome Reactionof Human Sperm

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    王春年; 谢文英; 徐胜; 王一飞

    1994-01-01

    The acrosome reaction of sperm was induced by calcium ionophore A 23187. The relationship between some ions and acrosome reaction by removing Na+ from the medium,or by adding antagonist of K+, TEA chloride, or antagonist of Ca++, verapamiI, or antagonist of Na+-h+-ATPase, acetyl strophanthidin is studied The results show that Na+,K+, Ca++ and Na+ pump are necessary for acrosome reaction of human sperm. The Ca++ might not enter the sperms through the channel of Ca++.

  19. Synchronous intra-Golgi transport induces the release of Ca{sup 2+} from the Golgi apparatus

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    Micaroni, Massimo, E-mail: m.micaroni@imb.uq.edu.au [Department of Cell Biology and Oncology, Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, 66030 Santa Maria Imbaro (Italy); Perinetti, Giuseppe; Di Giandomenico, Daniele [Department of Cell Biology and Oncology, Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, 66030 Santa Maria Imbaro (Italy); Bianchi, Katiuscia [Department of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, Section of General Pathology, University of Ferrara, 44100 Ferrara (Italy); Spaar, Alexander [Department of Cell Biology and Oncology, Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, 66030 Santa Maria Imbaro (Italy); Mironov, Alexander A., E-mail: mironov@negrisud.it [Department of Cell Biology and Oncology, Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, 66030 Santa Maria Imbaro (Italy)

    2010-08-01

    The mechanisms of secretory transport through the Golgi apparatus remain an issue of debate. The precise functional importance of calcium ions (Ca{sup 2+}) for intra-Golgi transport has also been poorly studied. Here, using different approaches to measure free Ca{sup 2+} concentrations in the cell cytosol ([Ca{sup 2+}]{sub cyt}) and inside the lumen of the Golgi apparatus ([Ca{sup 2+}]{sub GA}), we have revealed transient increases in [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub cyt} during the late phase of intra-Golgi transport that are concomitant with a decline in the maximal [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub GA} restoration ability. Thus, this redistribution of Ca{sup 2+} from the Golgi apparatus into the cytosol during the movement of cargo through the Golgi apparatus appears to have a role in intra-Golgi transport, and mainly in the late Ca{sup 2+}-dependent phase of SNARE-regulated fusion of Golgi compartments.

  20. Estimating affinities of calcium ions to proteins

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    Franke, Stefan; Herfurth, Julia; Hoffmann, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Ca2+-ions have a range of affinities to different proteins, depending on the various functions of these proteins. This makes the determination of Ca2+-protein affinities an interesting subject for functional studies. We have investigated the performance of two methods – Fold-X and AutoDock vina – in the prediction of Ca2+-protein affinities. Both methods, although based on different energy functions, showed virtually the same correlation with experimental affinities. Guided by insight from experiment, we further derived a simple linear model based on the solvent accessible surface of Ca2+ that had practically the same performance in terms of absolute errors as the more complex docking methods. PMID:21918621

  1. Instrumentation: Ion Chromatography.

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    Fritz, James S.

    1987-01-01

    Discusses the importance of ion chromatography in separating and measuring anions. The principles of ion exchange are presented, along with some applications of ion chromatography in industry. Ion chromatography systems are described, as well as ion pair and ion exclusion chromatography, column packings, detectors, and programming. (TW)

  2. A new form of Ca3P2 with a ring of Dirac nodes

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    Lilia S. Xie

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis and crystal structure of a new high-temperature form of Ca3P2. The crystal structure was determined through Rietveld refinements of synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction data. This form of Ca3P2 has a crystal structure of the hexagonal Mn5Si3 type, with a Ca ion deficiency compared to the ideal 5:3 stoichiometry. This yields a stable, charge-balanced compound of Ca2+ and P3−. We also report the observation of a secondary hydride phase, Ca5P3H, which again is a charge-balanced compound. The calculated band structure of Ca3P2 indicates that it is a three-dimensional Dirac semimetal with a highly unusual ring of Dirac nodes at the Fermi level. The Dirac states are protected against gap opening by a mirror plane in a manner analogous to what is seen for graphene.

  3. Characterization of the ER-Targeted Low Affinity Ca2+ Probe D4ER

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    Elisa Greotti

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Calcium ion (Ca2+ is a ubiquitous intracellular messenger and changes in its concentration impact on nearly every aspect of cell life. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER represents the major intracellular Ca2+ store and the free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+] within its lumen ([Ca2+]ER can reach levels higher than 1 mM. Several genetically-encoded ER-targeted Ca2+ sensors have been developed over the last years. However, most of them are non-ratiometric and, thus, their signal is difficult to calibrate in live cells and is affected by shifts in the focal plane and artifactual movements of the sample. On the other hand, existing ratiometric Ca2+ probes are plagued by different drawbacks, such as a double dissociation constant (Kd for Ca2+, low dynamic range, and an affinity for the cation that is too high for the levels of [Ca2+] in the ER lumen. Here, we report the characterization of a recently generated ER-targeted, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET-based, Cameleon probe, named D4ER, characterized by suitable Ca2+ affinity and dynamic range for monitoring [Ca2+] variations within the ER. As an example, resting [Ca2+]ER have been evaluated in a known paradigm of altered ER Ca2+ homeostasis, i.e., in cells expressing a mutated form of the familial Alzheimer’s Disease-linked protein Presenilin 2 (PS2. The lower Ca2+ affinity of the D4ER probe, compared to that of the previously generated D1ER, allowed the detection of a conspicuous, more clear-cut, reduction in ER Ca2+ content in cells expressing mutated PS2, compared to controls.

  4. Ca2+ and endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase regulate the formation of silk fibers with favorable mechanical properties.

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    Wang, Xin; Li, Yi; Xie, Kang; Yi, Qiying; Chen, Quanmei; Wang, Xiaohuan; Shen, Hong; Xia, Qingyou; Zhao, Ping

    2015-02-01

    Calcium ions (Ca(2+)) are crucial for the conformational transition of silk fibroin in vitro, and silk fibroin conformations correlate with the mechanical properties of silk fibers. To investigate the relationship between Ca(2+) and mechanical properties of silk fibers, CaCl2 was injected into silkworms (Bombyx mori). Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis and mechanical testing revealed that injection of CaCl2 solution (7.5mg/g body weight) significantly increased the levels of α-helix and random coil structures of silk proteins. In addition, extension of silk fibers increased after CaCl2 injection. In mammals, sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase in muscle and endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase in other tissues (together denoted by SERCA) are responsible for calcium balance. Therefore, we analyzed the expression pattern of silkworm SERCA (BmSERCA) in silk glands and found that BmSERCA was abundant in the anterior silk gland (ASG). After injection of thapsigargin (TG) to block SERCA activity, silkworms showed a silk-spinning deficiency and their cocoons had higher calcium content compared to that of controls. Moreover, FTIR analysis revealed that the levels of α-helix and β-sheet structures increased in silk fibers from TG-injected silkworms compared to controls. The results provide evidence that BmSERCA has a key function in calcium transportation in ASG that is related to maintaining a suitable ionic environment. This ionic environment with a proper Ca(2+) concentration is crucial for the formation of silk fibers with favorable mechanical performances.

  5. Trapping molecular ions formed via photo-associative ionization of ultracold atoms

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    Sullivan, Scott T; Kotochigova, Svetlana; Chen, Kuang; Schowalter, Steven J; Hudson, Eric R

    2011-01-01

    The formation of $^{40}$Ca$_2^+$ molecular ions is observed in a hybrid $^{40}$Ca magneto-optical and ion trap system. The molecular ion formation process is determined to be two-photon photo-associative ionization of ultracold $^{40}$Ca atoms. A lower bound for the two-body, two-photon rate constant is found to be $\\bar{\\beta} \\geq 2 \\pm 1 \\times 10^{-15}$ cm$^{3}$ Hz. $\\textit{Ab initio}$ molecular potential curves are calculated for the neutral Ca$_2$ and ionic Ca$_2^+$ molecules and used in a model that identifies the photo-associative ionization pathway. As this technique does not require a separate photo-association laser, it could find use as a simple, robust method for producing ultracold, state-selected molecular ions.

  6. Trapping molecular ions formed via photo-associative ionization of ultracold atoms.

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    Sullivan, Scott T; Rellergert, Wade G; Kotochigova, Svetlana; Chen, Kuang; Schowalter, Steven J; Hudson, Eric R

    2011-11-14

    The formation of (40)Ca(2)(+) molecular ions is observed in a hybrid (40)Ca magneto-optical and ion trap system. The molecular ion formation process is determined to be photo-associative ionization of ultracold (40)Ca atoms. A lower bound for the two-body rate constant is found to be beta ≥ 2 ± 1 × 10(-15) cm(3) Hz. Ab initio molecular potential curves are calculated for the neutral Ca(2) and ionic Ca(2)(+) molecules and used in a model that identifies the photo-associative ionization pathway. As this technique does not require a separate photo-association laser, it could find use as a simple, robust method for producing ultracold molecular ions.

  7. Lipid rafts, KCa/ClCa/Ca2+ channel complexes and EGFR signaling: Novel targets to reduce tumor development by lipids?

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    Guéguinou, Maxime; Gambade, Audrey; Félix, Romain; Chantôme, Aurélie; Fourbon, Yann; Bougnoux, Philippe; Weber, Günther; Potier-Cartereau, Marie; Vandier, Christophe

    2015-10-01

    Membrane lipid rafts are distinct plasma membrane nanodomains that are enriched with cholesterol, sphingolipids and gangliosides, with occasional presence of saturated fatty acids and phospholipids containing saturated acyl chains. It is well known that they organize receptors (such as Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor), ion channels and their downstream acting molecules to regulate intracellular signaling pathways. Among them are Ca2+ signaling pathways, which are modified in tumor cells and inhibited upon membrane raft disruption. In addition to protein components, lipids from rafts also contribute to the organization and function of Ca2+ signaling microdomains. This article aims to focus on the lipid raft KCa/ClCa/Ca2+ channel complexes that regulate Ca2+ and EGFR signaling in cancer cells, and discusses the potential modification of these complexes by lipids as a novel therapeutic approach in tumor development. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Membrane channels and transporters in cancers.

  8. On the effect of Cd doping for Ca in La 3CaBa 3Cu 7O y superconducting cuprate

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    Kandyel, Elsayed; Elsabawy, Khaled M.

    2006-02-01

    We report on the influence of isovalent substitution of Cd 2+ for Ca 2+ on the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of La 3CaBa 3Cu 7O y. Based on X-ray diffraction and DSC measurements, Cd can replace upto 100% of Ca ions without affecting the basic crystal structure or the formation of any impurity phases. Both Tc and oxygen content decrease monotonously with Cd content. Contrary to Y-123, the transition from the region of maximal Tc to the non-superconducting state takes place within a narrow range of oxygen content. The difference in chemical properties between Cd and Ca, as well as the observed concomitant decrease in the oxygen content, is believed to be responsible for the structural changes and suppression of superconductivity through the reduction of oxygen in the Cu-O layers when Cd replaces Ca.

  9. On the effect of Cd doping for Ca in La{sub 3}CaBa{sub 3}Cu{sub 7}O {sub y} superconducting cuprate

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    Kandyel, Elsayed [Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Tanta University, Tanta 31527 (Egypt)]. E-mail: skandyel@yahoo.com; Elsabawy, Khaled M. [Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Tanta University, Tanta 31527 (Egypt)

    2006-02-15

    We report on the influence of isovalent substitution of Cd{sup 2+} for Ca{sup 2+} on the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of La{sub 3}CaBa{sub 3}Cu{sub 7}O {sub y}. Based on X-ray diffraction and DSC measurements, Cd can replace upto 100% of Ca ions without affecting the basic crystal structure or the formation of any impurity phases. Both T {sub c} and oxygen content decrease monotonously with Cd content. Contrary to Y-123, the transition from the region of maximal T {sub c} to the non-superconducting state takes place within a narrow range of oxygen content. The difference in chemical properties between Cd and Ca, as well as the observed concomitant decrease in the oxygen content, is believed to be responsible for the structural changes and suppression of superconductivity through the reduction of oxygen in the Cu-O layers when Cd replaces Ca.

  10. Ion pumps as biological targets for decavanadate.

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    Aureliano, Manuel; Fraqueza, Gil; Ohlin, C André

    2013-09-07

    The putative applications of poly-, oligo- and mono-oxometalates in biochemistry, biology, pharmacology and medicine are rapidly attracting interest. In particular, these compounds may act as potent ion pump inhibitors and have the potential to play a role in the treatment of e.g. ulcers, cancer and ischemic heart disease. However, the mechanism of action is not completely understood in most cases, and even remains largely unknown in other cases. In the present review we discuss the most recent insights into the interaction between mono- and polyoxometalate ions with ion pumps, with particular focus on the interaction of decavanadate with Ca(2+)-ATPase. We also compare the proposed mode of action with those of established ion pump inhibitors which are currently in therapeutic use. Of the 18 classes of compounds which are known to act as ion pump inhibitors, the complete mechanism of inhibition is only known for a handful. It has, however, been established that most ion pump inhibitors bind mainly to the E2 ion pump conformation within the membrane domain from the extracellular side and block the cation release. Polyoxometalates such as decavanadate, in contrast, interact with Ca(2+)-ATPase near the nucleotide binding site domain or at a pocket involving several cytoplasmic domains, and therefore need to cross through the membrane bilayer. In contrast to monomeric vanadate, which only binds to the E2 conformation, decavanadate binds to all protein conformations, i.e. E1, E1P, E2 and E2P. Moreover, the specific interaction of decavanadate with sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase has been shown to be non-competitive with respect to ATP and induces protein cysteine oxidation with concomitant vanadium reduction which might explain the high inhibitory capacity of V10 (IC50 = 15 μM) which is quite similar to the majority of the established therapeutic drugs.

  11. The antidepressant tianeptine persistently modulates glutamate receptor currents of the hippocampal CA3 commissural associational synapse in chronically stressed rats

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    Kole, MHP; Swan, L; Fuchs, E

    2002-01-01

    Recent hypotheses on the action of antidepressants imply a modulation of excitatory amino acid transmission. Here, the effects of long-term antidepressant application in rats with the drug tianeptine were examined at hippocampal CA3 commissural associational (c/a) glutamate receptor ion channels, em

  12. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of CaSixOy:Tb3+ phosphors prepared using solution-combustion method

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    Dejene, FB

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Effect of Tb3+ ion concentrations on the structural and persistence luminescence properties of CaSixOy:Tb3+ crystals were evaluated using powders grown by the solution combustion technique. The XRD study indicates the change of phase from CaSiO3...

  13. Photoluminescence Properties of Red-Emitting Mn2+-Activated CaAlSiN3 Phosphor for White-LEDs

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    Zhang, Z.; Delsing, A.C.A.; Notten, P.H.L.; Zhao, J.; Dorenbos, P.; Hintzen, H.T.

    2013-01-01

    Mn2+-doped CaAlSiN3 phosphors have been prepared by a solid-state reaction method at high temperature and the solubility of Mn2+ in the host lattice as well as their photoluminescence properties were investigated. In CaAlSiN3, not only Ca2+ sites, but also Al3+ sites can be substituted by Mn2+ ions.

  14. Multiphoton Ca{sup 2+} production occurring before the onset of Ca{sup +} saturation: is it a fingerprint of direct double ionization?

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    Liontos, I; Cohen, S [LENS Institute, University of Florence, via Nello Carrara 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Lyras, A, E-mail: scohen@uoi.g [Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)

    2010-05-14

    Singly and doubly charged Ca ions have been produced by multiphoton excitation of Ca vapour with 5 ns, low intensity ({<=}3 x 10{sup 11} W cm{sup -2}) dye-laser pulses in the 675-685 nm wavelength range, including the four-photon 4s{sup 2} {sup 1}S{sub 0} {yields} 4p{sup 2} {sup 1}S{sub 0} excitation. The intensity and wavelength dependence of the ion yields was recorded as well as the fluorescence emission from excited states of the Ca ion in an effort to identify the excitation pathways leading to single and double ionization. Unambiguous evidence for the absorption of at least two photons above the first ionization threshold was recorded, in agreement with earlier results for Mg and Sr obtained under similar conditions. However, certain characteristics of the process differ significantly from those of the earlier results, despite the apparent similarity in both the atomic structure and the excitation scheme. The most striking and unexpected finding is that for a certain wavelength, the Ca{sup 2+} yield is observable well before the saturation intensity of Ca{sup +} and, moreover, it grows with intensity and saturates in parallel with the Ca{sup +} yield. Possible mechanisms behind this outcome are discussed in detail as well as their implications for the multiphoton multiple ionization of complex atoms. Our tentative conclusion is that the occurrence of doubly charged ion production before the singly charged ion saturation should not be considered as 'synonymous' with direct (or non-sequential) multiphoton double ionization.

  15. Measurement of Magic Wavelengths for the ^{40}Ca^{+} Clock Transition.

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    Liu, Pei-Liang; Huang, Yao; Bian, Wu; Shao, Hu; Guan, Hua; Tang, Yong-Bo; Li, Cheng-Bin; Mitroy, J; Gao, Ke-Lin

    2015-06-05

    We demonstrate experimentally the existence of magic wavelengths and determine the ratio of oscillator strengths for a single trapped ion. For the first time, two magic wavelengths near 396 nm for the ^{40}Ca^{+} clock transition are measured simultaneously with high precision. By tuning the applied laser to an intermediate wavelength between transitions 4s_{1/2}→4p_{1/2} and 4s_{1/2}→4p_{3/2}, the sensitivity of the clock transition Stark shift to the oscillator strengths is greatly enhanced. Furthermore, with the measured magic wavelengths, we determine the ratio of the oscillator strengths with a deviation of less than 0.5%. Our experimental method may be applied to measure magic wavelengths for other ion clock transitions. Promisingly, the measurement of these magic wavelengths paves the way to building all-optical trapped ion clocks.

  16. Ion channels and anti-cancer immunity.

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    Panyi, Gyorgy; Beeton, Christine; Felipe, Antonio

    2014-03-19

    The outcome of a malignant disease depends on the efficacy of the immune system to destroy cancer cells. Key steps in this process, for example the generation of a proper Ca(2+) signal induced by recognition of a specific antigen, are regulated by various ion channel including voltage-gated Kv1.3 and Ca(2+)-activated KCa3.1 K(+) channels, and the interplay between Orai and STIM to produce the Ca(2+)-release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) current required for T-cell proliferation and function. Understanding the immune cell subset-specific expression of ion channels along with their particular function in a given cell type, and the role of cancer tissue-dependent factors in the regulation of operation of these ion channels are emerging questions to be addressed in the fight against cancer disease. Answering these questions might lead to a better understanding of the immunosuppression phenomenon in cancer tissue and the development of drugs aimed at skewing the distribution of immune cell types towards killing of the tumour cells.

  17. Design, microfabrication, and analysis of micrometer-sized cylindrical ion trap arrays

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    Cruz, D.; Chang, J. P.; Fico, M.; Guymon, A. J.; Austin, D. E.; Blain, M. G.

    2007-01-01

    A description of the design and microfabrication of arrays of micrometer-scale cylindrical ion traps is offered. Electrical characterization and initial ion trapping experiments with a massively parallel array of 5μm internal radius (r0) sized cylindrical ion traps (CITs) are also described. The ion trap, materials, and design are presented and shown to be critical in achieving minimal trapping potential while maintaining minimal power consumption. The ion traps, fabricated with metal electrodes, have inner radii of 1, 2, 5, and 10μm and range from 5to24μm in height. The electrical characteristics of packaged ion trap arrays were measured with a vector network analyzer. The testing focused on trapping toluene (C7H8), mass 91, 92, or 93amu, in the 5μm sized CITs. Ions were formed via electron impact ionization and were ejected by turning off the rf voltage applied to the ring electrode; a current signal was collected at this time. Optimum ionization and trapping conditions, such as a sufficient pseudopotential well and high ionization to ion loss rate ratio (as determined by simulation), proved to be difficult to establish due to the high device capacitance and the presence of exposed dielectric material in the trapping region. However, evidence was obtained suggesting the trapping of ions in 1%-15% of the traps in the array. These first tests on micrometer-scale CITs indicated the necessary materials and device design modifications for realizing ultrasmall and low power ion traps.

  18. The structure of horseradish peroxidase C characterized as a molten globule state after Ca(2+) depletion.

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    Szigeti, Krisztián; Smeller, László; Osváth, Szabolcs; Majer, Zsuzsanna; Fidy, Judit

    2008-12-01

    The structure and activity of native horseradish peroxidase C (HRP) is stabilized by two bound Ca(2+) ions. Earlier studies suggested a critical role of one of the bound Ca(2+) ions but with conflicting conclusions concerning their respective importance. In this work we compare the native and totally Ca(2+)-depleted forms of the enzyme using pH-, pressure-, viscosity- and temperature-dependent UV absorption, CD, H/D exchange-FTIR spectroscopy and by binding the substrate benzohydroxamic acid (BHA). We report that Ca(2+)-depletion does not change the alpha helical content of the protein, but strongly modifies the tertiary structure and dynamics to yield a homogeneously loosened molten globule-like structure. We relate observed tertiary changes in the heme pocket to changes in the dipole orientation and coordination of a distal water molecule. Deprotonation of distal His42, linked to Asp43, itself coordinated to the distal Ca(2+), perturbs a H-bonding network connecting this Ca(2+) to the heme crevice that involves the distal water. The measured effects of Ca(2)(+) depletion can be interpreted as supporting a structural role for the distal Ca(2+) and for its enhanced significance in finetuning the protein structure to optimize enzyme activity.

  19. Optimization and application of ICPMS with dynamic reaction cell for precise determination of 44Ca/40Ca isotope ratios.

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    Boulyga, Sergei F; Klötzli, Urs; Stingeder, Gerhard; Prohaska, Thomas

    2007-10-15

    An inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer with dynamic reaction cell (ICP-DRC-MS) was optimized for determining (44)Ca/(40)Ca isotope ratios in aqueous solutions with respect to (i) repeatability, (ii) robustness, and (iii) stability. Ammonia as reaction gas allowed both the removal of (40)Ar+ interference on (40)Ca+ and collisional damping of ion density fluctuations of an ion beam extracted from an ICP. The effect of laboratory conditions as well as ICP-DRC-MS parameters such a nebulizer gas flow rate, rf power, lens potential, dwell time, or DRC parameters on precision and mass bias was studied. Precision (calculated using the "unbiased" or "n - 1" method) of a single isotope ratio measurement of a 60 ng g(-1) calcium solution (analysis time of 6 min) is routinely achievable in the range of 0.03-0.05%, which corresponded to the standard error of the mean value (n = 6) of 0.012-0.020%. These experimentally observed RSDs were close to theoretical precision values given by counting statistics. Accuracy of measured isotope ratios was assessed by comparative measurements of the same samples by ICP-DRC-MS and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) by using isotope dilution with a (43)Ca-(48)Ca double spike. The analysis time in both cases was 1 h per analysis (10 blocks, each 6 min). The delta(44)Ca values measured by TIMS and ICP-DRC-MS with double-spike calibration in two samples (Ca ICP standard solution and digested NIST 1486 bone meal) coincided within the obtained precision. Although the applied isotope dilution with (43)Ca-(48)Ca double-spike compensates for time-dependent deviations of mass bias and allows achieving accurate results, this approach makes it necessary to measure an additional isotope pair, reducing the overall analysis time per isotope or increasing the total analysis time. Further development of external calibration by using a bracketing method would allow a wider use of ICP-DRC-MS for routine calcium isotopic measurements, but it

  20. A dynamic model of interactions of Ca2+, calmodulin, and catalytic subunits of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II.

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    Shirley Pepke

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available During the acquisition of memories, influx of Ca2+ into the postsynaptic spine through the pores of activated N-methyl-D-aspartate-type glutamate receptors triggers processes that change the strength of excitatory synapses. The pattern of Ca2+influx during the first few seconds of activity is interpreted within the Ca2+-dependent signaling network such that synaptic strength is eventually either potentiated or depressed. Many of the critical signaling enzymes that control synaptic plasticity,including Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII, are regulated by calmodulin, a small protein that can bindup to 4 Ca2+ ions. As a first step toward clarifying how the Ca2+-signaling network decides between potentiation or depression, we have created a kinetic model of the interactions of Ca2+, calmodulin, and CaMKII that represents our best understanding of the dynamics of these interactions under conditions that resemble those in a postsynaptic spine. We constrained parameters of the model from data in the literature, or from our own measurements, and then predicted time courses of activation and autophosphorylation of CaMKII under a variety of conditions. Simulations showed that species of calmodulin with fewer than four bound Ca2+ play a significant role in activation of CaMKII in the physiological regime,supporting the notion that processing of Ca2+ signals in a spine involves competition among target enzymes for binding to unsaturated species of CaM in an environment in which the concentration of Ca2+ is fluctuating rapidly. Indeed, we showed that dependence of activation on the frequency of Ca2+ transients arises from the kinetics of interaction of fluctuating Ca2+with calmodulin/CaMKII complexes. We used parameter sensitivity analysis to identify which parameters will be most beneficial to measure more carefully to improve the accuracy of predictions. This model provides a quantitative base from which to build more complex dynamic

  1. Interaction of hydrogen sulfide with ion channels.

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    Tang, Guanghua; Wu, Lingyun; Wang, Rui

    2010-07-01

    1. Hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) is a signalling gasotransmitter. It targets different ion channels and receptors, and fulfils its various roles in modulating the functions of different systems. However, the interaction of H(2)S with different types of ion channels and underlying molecular mechanisms has not been reviewed systematically. 2. H(2)S is the first identified endogenous gaseous opener of ATP-sensitive K(+) channels in vascular smooth muscle cells. Through the activation of ATP-sensitive K(+) channels, H(2)S lowers blood pressure, protects the heart from ischemia and reperfusion injury, inhibits insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells, and exerts anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive and anti-apoptotic effects. 3. H(2)S inhibited L-type Ca(2+) channels in cardiomyocytes but stimulated the same channels in neurons, thus regulating intracellular Ca(2+) levels. H(2)S activated small and medium conductance K(Ca) channels but its effect on BK(Ca) channels has not been consistent. 4. H(2)S-induced hyperalgesia and pro-nociception seems to be related to the sensitization of both T-type Ca(2+) channels and TRPV(1) channels. The activation of TRPV(1) and TRPA(1) by H(2)S is believed to result in contraction of nonvascular smooth muscles and increased colonic mucosal Cl(-) secretion. 5. The activation of Cl(-) channel by H(2)S has been shown as a protective mechanism for neurons from oxytosis. H(2)S also potentiates N-methyl-d-aspartic acid receptor-mediated currents that are involved in regulating synaptic plasticity for learning and memory. 6. Given the important modulatory effects of H(2)S on different ion channels, many cellular functions and disease conditions related to homeostatic control of ion fluxes across cell membrane should be re-evaluated.

  2. ION GUN

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    Dandl, R.A.

    1961-10-24

    An ion gun is described for the production of an electrically neutral ionized plasma. The ion gun comprises an anode and a cathode mounted in concentric relationship with a narrow annulus between. The facing surfaces of the rear portions of the anode and cathode are recessed to form an annular manifold. Positioned within this manifold is an annular intermediate electrode aligned with the an nulus between the anode and cathode. Gas is fed to the manifold and an arc discharge is established between the anode and cathode. The gas is then withdrawn from the manifold through the annulus between the anode and cathode by a pressure differential. The gas is then ionized by the arc discharge across the annulus. The ionized gas is withdrawn from the annulus by the combined effects of the pressure differential and a collimating magnetic field. In a 3000 gauss magnetic field, an arc voltage of 1800 volts, and an arc current of 0.2 amp, a plasma of about 3 x 10/sup 11/ particles/cc is obtained. (AEC)

  3. Cryogenic setup for trapped ion quantum computing.

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    Brandl, M F; van Mourik, M W; Postler, L; Nolf, A; Lakhmanskiy, K; Paiva, R R; Möller, S; Daniilidis, N; Häffner, H; Kaushal, V; Ruster, T; Warschburger, C; Kaufmann, H; Poschinger, U G; Schmidt-Kaler, F; Schindler, P; Monz, T; Blatt, R

    2016-11-01

    We report on the design of a cryogenic setup for trapped ion quantum computing containing a segmented surface electrode trap. The heat shield of our cryostat is designed to attenuate alternating magnetic field noise, resulting in 120 dB reduction of 50 Hz noise along the magnetic field axis. We combine this efficient magnetic shielding with high optical access required for single ion addressing as well as for efficient state detection by placing two lenses each with numerical aperture 0.23 inside the inner heat shield. The cryostat design incorporates vibration isolation to avoid decoherence of optical qubits due to the motion of the cryostat. We measure vibrations of the cryostat of less than ±20 nm over 2 s. In addition to the cryogenic apparatus, we describe the setup required for an operation with (40)Ca(+) and (88)Sr(+) ions. The instability of the laser manipulating the optical qubits in (40)Ca(+) is characterized by yielding a minimum of its Allan deviation of 2.4 ⋅ 10(-15) at 0.33 s. To evaluate the performance of the apparatus, we trapped (40)Ca(+) ions, obtaining a heating rate of 2.14(16) phonons/s and a Gaussian decay of the Ramsey contrast with a 1/e-time of 18.2(8) ms.

  4. Cryogenic setup for trapped ion quantum computing

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    Brandl, M. F.; van Mourik, M. W.; Postler, L.; Nolf, A.; Lakhmanskiy, K.; Paiva, R. R.; Möller, S.; Daniilidis, N.; Häffner, H.; Kaushal, V.; Ruster, T.; Warschburger, C.; Kaufmann, H.; Poschinger, U. G.; Schmidt-Kaler, F.; Schindler, P.; Monz, T.; Blatt, R.

    2016-11-01

    We report on the design of a cryogenic setup for trapped ion quantum computing containing a segmented surface electrode trap. The heat shield of our cryostat is designed to attenuate alternating magnetic field noise, resulting in 120 dB reduction of 50 Hz noise along the magnetic field axis. We combine this efficient magnetic shielding with high optical access required for single ion addressing as well as for efficient state detection by placing two lenses each with numerical aperture 0.23 inside the inner heat shield. The cryostat design incorporates vibration isolation to avoid decoherence of optical qubits due to the motion of the cryostat. We measure vibrations of the cryostat of less than ±20 nm over 2 s. In addition to the cryogenic apparatus, we describe the setup required for an operation with 40Ca+ and 88Sr+ ions. The instability of the laser manipulating the optical qubits in 40Ca+ is characterized by yielding a minimum of its Allan deviation of 2.4 ṡ 10-15 at 0.33 s. To evaluate the performance of the apparatus, we trapped 40Ca+ ions, obtaining a heating rate of 2.14(16) phonons/s and a Gaussian decay of the Ramsey contrast with a 1/e-time of 18.2(8) ms.

  5. Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Lidar

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Sonoma County Vegetation Mapping and LiDAR Consortium retained WSI to provide lidar and Orthophoto data and derived products in Sonoma County, CA. A classified LAS...

  6. CA125 in ovarian cancer

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    Duffy, M J; Bonfrer, J M; Kulpa, J

    2005-01-01

    value in the detection of early ovarian cancer. At present, therefore, CA125, either alone or in combination with other modalities, cannot be recommended for screening for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women outside the context of a randomized controlled trial. Preoperative levels in postmenopausal...... women, however, may aid the differentiation of benign and malignant pelvic masses. Serial levels during chemotherapy for ovarian cancer are useful for assessing response to treatment. Although serial monitoring following initial chemotherapy can lead to the early detection of recurrent disease......CA125 is currently the most widely used tumor marker for ovarian epithelial cancer. The aim of this article is to provide guidelines for the routine clinical use of CA125 in patients with ovarian cancer. Due to lack of sensitivity for stage I disease and lack of specificity, CA125 is of little...

  7. The contraction of Vorticella in different Ca concentration solutions

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    Kantha, Deependra; van Winkle, David

    2008-03-01

    The contraction of the stalk of Vorticella Convallaria was studied in media with different concentrations of calcium ion solution. Seven solutions were prepared by adding different amounts of CaCl2 in the range of 0.001M to 0.004M in 0.005M EGTA, 0.1M KCl and 0.02M MOPS. The pH values of the solutions were maintained between 6.7 and 6.9. The contractions were recorded as cines (image sequences) by a Phantom V5 camera (Vision Research) on a bright field microscope with 20X objective, with the image resolution of 256 x 128 pixels at 7000 pictures per second. The change in length of stalk as a function of time was analyzed to compute velocity, acceleration, force and force coefficient. The apparent force coefficient increases linearly with time until the whole stalk is contracting. Considering time dependence of force coefficient, the contracting length is modeled as: [ L(t)=L02[ ( 1+CA )( -C+A2mt )+( 1-CA )( -C-A2mt ) ] ] Where L0 is initial contractile length, C=6πηr, A=√C^2-4mK(t) , η is coefficient of viscosity, m is mass and r is radius of zooid.

  8. Cathodic behavior of molten CaCl2-CaO and CaCl2-NaCl-CaO

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    Wang, Shu-Lan; Wang, Wei; Li, Shi-Chao; Cao, Shan-Hui

    2010-12-01

    The cathodi